Californians Opposed to Trump’s Immigration Ideas? Poll Results May Surprise You

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

California’s political leaders, the generals of the so-called Trump resistance, may be surprised that they don’t have as many troops behind them as they imagined according to the new Golden State Poll released by the Hoover Institution. In issues dealing with immigration—sanctuary cities, deportations, and denying immigration from certain countries—the poll showed split support rather […]

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In LA: Taxing Business to Publically Finance Political Campaigns?

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

A Los Angeles City Councilman wants to get rid of private money in politics by approving a public financing scheme potentially funded by taxing members of the business community. Councilman Mike Bonin, reacting to stories that big time developers try to persuade public officials to support their projects with campaign contributions, thinks its time to […]

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Enough Already! More Woe for the High-Speed Rail

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Anyone who thinks the high-speed rail project will be completed within the cost figures projected by the rail authority, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Of course, the promise to taxpayers on the cost of the rail was broken ages ago. Remember, voters were told if they supported a nearly $10-billion bond to help […]

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Kevin Starr, California’s Biographer

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

I blush at the undue praise in the inscription Kevin Starr wrote in my copy of his book, Coast of Dreams, California on the Edge 1990-2003. He inscribed the book to “an important interpreter of the complexities of the California experience.” Historian and former state librarian Kevin Starr was the great interpreter of California’s experience […]

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What’s Behind the Cap and Trade Urgency Budget Proposal

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

The governor’s budget calls for $2.2 billion in spending from revenue secured under the Cap and Trade law—but there’s a catch. The money would only be released if the legislature passes an urgency measure, which requires a two-thirds vote, thus confirming the Air Resources Board’s authority to administer the Cap and Trade program beyond its […]

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Riding the Budget Tiger

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Forget about the budget proposal introduced by Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday. The budget plan that will matter is the revised version issued in May–even more than usual–after we learn more about the economy and plans from the new Trump Administration, both of which could have major impacts on the budget. The economy, which has shown […]

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CalPERS Return Rate Decision Could Lead To Tax Hikes

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

When California voters hear calls for tax increases in the near future they should think of pensions. That truth has never been clearer now that the California Public Employees’ Retirement System board voted to establish a more realistic return rate on its investments. The end result of this action is that state and local governments […]

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Model for CA GOP Gov. May Be Found in New England

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

The California gubernatorial election is 22 months away but already the media is filled with stories about the coming campaign. Given the superiority in Democratic voter registration in this state it is assumed that a Democrat will succeed Jerry Brown in the corner office. Yet, for Republicans there may be hope when witnessing the success […]

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Eric Holder to Save the CA Economy?

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

What caught my attention when legislative leaders hired former United States Attorney General Eric Holder was not the obvious rationale expected of the Democratic majority promising resistance to a Trump presidency on issues of immigration, climate change and health care, or even the need and expense for such a move considering the state Attorney General’s […]

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So Many New Laws with More to Come

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

As the new year begins, 900 statutes were added to California law books. If history is our guide—807 new laws last year, 950 the year before that–there will be hundreds of more laws added at the end of this year. Certainly, citizens can’t keep up with all these new laws, not to mention that lawmakers […]

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