Backstop: The Taxpayers

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

Pity the poor California taxpayers. They are seen as the backstop for various government schemes that are supposed to be self-funding. The Wall Street Journal’s lead editorial yesterday, critical of California’s plan to establish state managed retirement accounts for private employees, argued that while the law says the state shall not be liable for any […]

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How the Voters Feel About Climate Change Legislation

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

When the greenhouse gases extension bill seemed to be stalled in the legislature, Gov. Jerry Brown’s Executive Secretary, Nancy McFadden, said that the administration would get its way on the climate change: Either the bill would pass the legislature or the governor would take his agenda to the ballot. He filed papers for a ballot […]

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Status Quo Stands as Supreme Court Stays Out of Education Fights

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

The state’s teachers’ unions had a good day at the hands of the California Supreme Court yesterday but then so did the state’s taxpayers. The state Supreme Court upheld an Appellate Court decision in the Vergara case, which concerns constitutional protections of students involving teacher tenure, retention and dismissal. Student plaintiffs claimed that they, along […]

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“Dave the Bear,” Media, and Raising Policy Issues

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

The headline in the San Francisco Chronicle discussing the Assembly Republicans’ effort to build awareness about lack of road and infrastructure improvements featuring a stuffed animal called “Dave the Bear” read: GOP’s ‘Dave the Bear’ shares name with burlesque dancer. Huh? The individual we are told in the article is a “popular” burlesque dancer based in […]

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An Attempt to Get Public Financing of Campaigns Through the Back Door

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

Sen. Ben Allen’s SB 1107 wants to allow public funding of campaigns, something voters prohibited years ago. A long time acquaintance of mine, David Keating who now runs the Center for Competitive Politics in Washington, D.C. had an opinion piece in yesterday’s Orange County Register blasting the attempt by Sen. Allen to overturn a vote of […]

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Business Rallying to Proposition 51

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

California’s housing crisis is a major reason members of the business community are supporting the state school construction bond, Proposition 51. Passing a statewide bond puts pressure on the General Fund because state general obligation bonds have first call on state funds, however dealing with housing costs is an issue that troubles advocates and analysts […]

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An Offer for the LAO’s 75th Anniversary It Won’t Want

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

Here’s my salute to celebrate the 75 years of the Legislative Analyst’s Office—I think it should be put in charge of ballot titles and summaries. Probably the last thing that office wants but its a sign of my respect for an office that does diligent, fair work and can avoid political questions as a non-partisan […]

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Poll Says Many Will Not Vote in Senate Race; How Will That Play in 2018 Gov Race

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

According to the latest Public Policy Institute of California poll 28% of those surveyed will not vote in the U.S. Senate contest between Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris and Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. The Republicans who refuse to vote total 50%, while 34% of Independents said they wouldn’t vote. If these numbers hold true all […]

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Funding Medi-Cal by Initiatives

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

Medi-Cal spending has exploded and along with the state obligated to take over part of the federal health care funding next year, hospitals and health care providers are scrambling to look for new sources of money. In California, that means a trip to the ballot box and revenue raising initiatives. Despite a clear need to […]

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Contrary Goals of the Tobacco Tax

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

What is the tobacco tax increase for? Is the tax proposed in Proposition 56 to reduce smoking or to gain revenue? It seems the proponents’ goal is to be all things—a deterrent to smoking by raising the cost, plus raising revenue mostly for health care. Can they really have it both ways? Raising the cost […]

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