Testing All the Arguments on SB 350

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

The Public Policy Institute poll boosted the argument for state governmental action on climate change – or so it seemed. Asked if likely voters agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 respondents liked the idea by 63% to 29%. Asked if the objectives set by SB 350 to require by 2030 that […]

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The Uncertain Futures Of Propositions 13 And 30

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

(Editor’s Note: The Hoover Institutions’ EUREKA newsletter this month examines California’s Revenue Conundrum. The following article was one of a series of articles published discussing California’s tax system.) Two of California’s historical ballot initiatives – one brought by government outsiders to limit government revenue, the other brought by government insiders to expand government revenue – face […]

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HHS Spending and the Quest for More Money

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

The Hoover Institutions’ EUREKA newsletter this month examines California’s Revenue Conundrum. Given the recent clamor for more social spending one chart in the report catches the reader’s eye. The chart shows expenditure by program type from 1976-77 to 2015-16. While most programs have remained steady or had a modest increase, Health and Human Services towers over […]

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The Cigarette Tax Dilemma

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

Is a tax on cigarettes a revenue raiser or a “sin tax”—used to discourage individuals from using products considered harmful? The effort to raise taxes on cigarettes – there is a measure in the legislature as well a ballot initiative moving through the process—often directs new revenues toward specific purposes. Yet, the increased taxes often […]

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Tom Steyer in Conversation – And Some Follow up Questions

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

Assembly member Jacqui Irwin had a sit down conversation with environmentalist and NextGen Climate president Tom Steyer in Ventura County Tuesday, probing his positions and asking questions based on criticism of his agenda. There needed to be follow-up questions to Steyer’s answers. For instance, Irwin asked about poorer communities, especially in central California, where there […]

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Could California Decide Republican Presidential Nominee?

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

Given the large field of Republican presidential candidates, no clear frontrunner and the real possibility that delegates will be dispersed among many candidates during the primary season, it is conceivable that California Republican voters in the June primary could provide the needed delegates for one of the candidates to secure the nomination. While California has […]

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Legal Age Issues: For Voting-Going Down? For Smoking-Going Up?

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

In San Francisco there was a move to lower the voting age to 16; in the California legislature there is a bill to raise the legal age for smoking from 18 to 21. When can teens and young adults reach the maturity to make important decisions for themselves? I’m old enough to clearly remember the […]

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Property Tax Increase Initiative Filed –Not the One Everyone Expected

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

While discussion about amending Proposition 13 to reassess commercial property has heated up, especially with the introduction of SCA 5 by Senators Mitchell and Hancock, a different property tax increase measure was filed with the Attorney General’s office. “Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act” is a 47-page detailed, complex plan to fund specific […]

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Rise of the Referendum—But Not for All Issues

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

Referendums on legislative actions may be making a comeback in California. Earlier this week opponents of SB 277, the mandatory vaccination measure, began their quest to refer that legislative action to the voters for the November 2016 election. Already qualified to appear on that ballot is a referendum on banning single use plastic bags in […]

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Road Tax Approach Similar to Prop 30 Strategy

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

All agree that the roads desperately need revenue yet new funds from the increased budget were not directed to the roads. It’s been that way for some time – transportation infrastructure pretty much ignored by general funds instead relying on shrinking targeted funds. Shorting revenue for a vital service can set up a play for […]

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