The California Introduction Machine

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

Much is made during presidential election periods that the state is merely an ATM machine for candidates. As a solid blue state that has not voted for a Republican for the White House since 1988, California is considered safe for whoever the Democratic nominee will be (we’re talking to you, Hillary Clinton.) Yet, candidates from […]

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Business Interests and Pension Reform

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

As the battle over public pension reform heats up as Calpensions Ed Mendel explained last week, the question for California’s business community is will it get involved? A number of reasons have been offered to suggest business would stay on the sidelines if a pension reform initiative qualified for the ballot. The fear that such […]

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Background: Misuse of Assessments and Fees Brought on Prop 218, which Took Down the Tiered Water Fee Plan

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

San Juan Capistrano’s water fee usage plan ran afoul of Proposition 218’s taxpayer shield to protect taxpayers from being charged taxes disguised as fees and assessments. The goal of the tiered water plan was designed as a financial punishment for those who use excessive amounts of water. However, the method the city chose violated Proposition […]

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Don’t Rush to Make New Law

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

Politicians often overreact to news items, rushing to propose laws to prevent future occurrences of a situation or grab the limelight when problems will go away on their own. Recent instances: A proposal for a constitutional amendment to prohibit banning of the United States flag from state colleges and university property; and offering changes to […]

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A Woman Running for President

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

Not that woman! Judith Rhodes, Governor of California. OK, here’s the disclaimer – this is a shameless self-promotion for my new novel, The Mark on Eve. A spell cast by an 18th century witch has condemned Eve Hale to an endless life. Centuries later, her secret could unravel and doom the election of the first […]

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Governors Wilson and Davis View Environmental Laws Differently

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

Town Hall Los Angeles hosted a discussion between former California governors Pete Wilson and Gray Davis yesterday with the two disagreeing over environmental law regulations and touching on other policy issues and state politics. Wilson argued that the reason California had both the highest taxes and the highest poverty rates in the country is because […]

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BOE Study on Service Taxes Sets Off Debate

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

Just in time for Tax Day, the Board of Equalization issued a study requested by the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance estimating the revenue take from taxing untaxed services would be $122.6 billion. The study will become fodder in the coming debate over Senator Bob Hertzberg’s effort to restructure the state tax system to […]

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Humor and History on Tax Day

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

“April is the month when the green returns to the lawn, the trees, — and the Internal Revenue Service.” So observed Evan Esar, a collector of humorous sayings who understood that humor is the ultimate therapy. All of us need this therapy now that tax time is here. Fortunately, a rich vein of humor and […]

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Steve Glazer, Blazing a Trail

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

A Democrat will be elected in the Senate District 7 special election next month but depending on which Democrat is elected the result could change the course of California political history. Steve Glazer, the Orinda mayor and former Jerry Brown advisor is a life long Democrat who stands for many issues the California Democratic Party […]

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Extending Prop 30 by Camouflage

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

What if the attempt to extend Prop 30 was disguised as a slightly different measure – would that take the onus off of the promise that a “temporary” tax is continuing? That’s one discussion going on in Sacramento. Prop 30 was sold to the voters as a temporary tax in 2012. It starts disappearing next […]

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