All that Analysis of the Glazer Victory

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

According to the Democratic Party analysis of Steve Glazer’s victory in Senate District 7, Glazer ran a “cynical” campaign appealing to Republicans and, “We know that low turnout elections favor Republicans. When Democratic voters show up and vote, Democrats win.” I suppose one way to interpret that analysis is that those who only pay attention […]

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How Will Business React to L.A. Minimum Wage Boost?

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

The Los Angeles City Council tentatively voted to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. The business community opposed the move. How business will react is unclear but there was much discussion during the debate over the issue about lost jobs and eyeing more friendly business locations. The wage increase is […]

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Dick Mountjoy and the “Bob’s Big Boy Poll”

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

Former legislator Dick Mountjoy was a “Prop 13 baby,” a strong supporter of the measure when elected to the assembly for the first time the year when the Proposition 13 property tax reform was on the ballot. During his campaign for his first office he heard all the official opposition to the measure from the […]

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Steve Glazer’s Moment – and California’s

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

Whether by choice or not, Steve Glazer, candidate for the Senate District 7 seat in tomorrow’s special election, is a symbol of change. His election could alter the face of California politics from the expected — Democratic candidates following in lock step with the party’s strongest influencers and financial backers — to electing more independent […]

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Education Spending and Student Academic Achievement Results

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

Much attention is placed on California’s relative rank with respect to our education spending, and unfortunately, much of it based on old and incomplete data. Proponents of changing Proposition 13 often site old National Education Association (NEA) statistics that ranked California 46th in the nation on education spending. Even if one is willing to accept […]

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It’s Not About Fairness, It’s About More Tax Money

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

The campaign to change Proposition 13 by the self-styled “Make it Fair” coalition is not about fairness, it is all about more tax money. The coalition claims business gets tax breaks under the current property tax system. Their favorite example to point to was a deal over a Santa Monica hotel purchase that was engineered […]

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Unwarranted Influence of Education Establishment Blunts Reforms

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

In hearing that a number of common sense education reforms were turned away by the majority Democrats in the Assembly Education Committee last week I couldn’t help think of the famous line from President Dwight Eisenhower’s farewell address. Yes, quite a leap from a California assembly committee vote and Eisenhower’s call to be wary of […]

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Don’t Repeal Prop 218

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

Within the body of Joe Mathews’ argument for repealing Proposition 218 he wrote for this site is the precise reason the taxpayer protection measure should continue to stand. Mathews states that the problem with restricting taxing power for local government is that local public officials become spenders but cannot match the liabilities they create with […]

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You Thought Only Tax Increases would be on the 2016 Ballot

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

For months the assumption in Sacramento was that at least one and possibly more tax increase measures would find their way on the 2016 General Election ballot by initiative. The litany of possible tax increases just might have to move over to make room for a tax cut on the same ballot. The Howard Jarvis […]

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Minimum Wage Debate L.A. Style

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

What if three different studies on the effects of a minimum wage increase in Los Angeles each came up with a different conclusion — who do you trust? That was a question asked at the Town Hall Los Angeles debate Thursday between Gary Toebben, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and […]

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