Survey: A Divide Over Immigration Plan

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

If Fresno is an appropriate test market for political issues then the country is as a whole is evenly divided on President Barack Obama’s immigration proposals. A Survey USA poll taken on Friday after the president’s announcement tallied a dead even split in Fresno. One-third of Fresno residents who were aware of the president’s proposal […]

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Tuition Hike Proposal Like Dialogue from an Old Movie

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

University of California officials could borrow dialogue heard in dozens of old movies when they essentially tell state officials: “Give us the money or the kids get it!” Of course, the UC administration and the Regents panel that endorsed their plan yesterday were not holding a gun to the students but made the threat in […]

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Workers’ Comp – Again

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

Sad to read Dan Walter’s item that California once again leads the nation in workers’ compensation costs. It was just a decade ago that the Small Business Action Committee carried the initiative supported by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that ultimately brought the warring sides of business and labor to agree to a legislative compromise that brought […]

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Is Local Tax Measure Success a Sign of Things to Come?

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

As usual, Michael Coleman’s California City Finance website has an excellent recap of local tax measures and how they fared in the recent election. Local ballots contained 268 revenue measures — tax increases, tax extensions or bonds, of which 71% or 189 passed. The two largest categories of revenue instruments were general fund city taxes […]

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Legislatures Challenging Initiative Process in Federal Courts

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

Those who don’t like the initiative process may have found a powerful ally in the United States Constitution. I write “may” because precedent is not on their side. But that hasn’t stopped initiative critics from making the effort to enlist the court’s support — and the courts are at least listening. On this page, I […]

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California’s 2016 Ballot Could be a Tax Blitzkrieg

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

If voters were a bit underwhelmed by the measures on the California ballot last week, just wait for the 2016 election. Already there is talk of potential initiatives on legalizing recreational marijuana, public pension reform, minimum wage increases and a basket full of tax hikes. The machinations around the tax issues could be most compelling […]

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California’s U.S. Senate Seats in Spotlight

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

Chatter around political circles last week frequently focused on California politicians who were not even on Tuesday’s ballot. Would U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer, 74 tomorrow, and Dianne Feinstein, 81, run for re-election? The speculation was enhanced after the USC Dornsife College/Los Angeles Times poll released over the weekend showed that a majority of Californians would […]

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Higher Ed Tuition Hikes for What Purpose?

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

Yesterday, on a post-election panel presented by Capitol Weekly, I raised the issue of potential tax increases being contemplated by public unions and other groups in the next election and said that one of the reasons more revenue was sought was to cover pension obligations. A union representative on the panel scoffed that pensions were […]

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Questions Post Election

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

Votes are still being counted in the California election but the results so far raise some thoughts and questions. Labor or Business—and the winner is? Both sides can point to victories—and defeats. Business supported candidate Catharine Baker surprised labor official Tim Sbranti in AD 16. Ben Allen in SD 26 was also a big business […]

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The Democratic Wall in CA has Leaks

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

The Republican election day tide which saw a gain of 7 senate seats, 13 House seats and 3 governorships across the nation banged into the Sierra Nevada wall that has often separated California metaphorically from the rest of the country with Democrats once again sweeping all the statewide offices. But this time there were leaks […]

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