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What Would Voters Do on Climate Change Bill?

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

Looking at the results of the California Business Roundtable/California Manufacturing & Technology Association poll on the SB 350 climate change bill, you can almost see how campaign arguments would be formulated if the hotly debated bill were on a ballot for voters to decide. The poll conducted by M4 Mobile Research clearly showed that the public […]

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A Californian on the National Ticket?

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

Only one Californian—actually a former Californian—is even given an outside chance of appearing on one of the major party presidential tickets. That would be Carly Fiorina, the former head of Hewlett-Packard who while a resident of this state lost a senate race to Barbara Boxer. Fiorina has since moved to the East Coast. So it […]

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Amending SB 350 on the Way to Paris

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

Senate President Kevin de León called the efforts of those opposed to his SB 350 energy bill “fear-mongering.” Gov. Jerry Brown’s chief aide, Nancy McFadden called one of the charges made against the bill “outrageous.” A  columnist said the speculation of opponents was “outlandish.” Yet, now Sen. de León says he is advancing amendments in […]

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Déjà Vu in the Special Session: Taxes vs. Reforms

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

Watching the maneuvering to pass a transportation revenue package in the special session, I can’t help but think of the observation by that great philosopher Yogi Berra who said: “It’s déjà vu all over again.” The legislative scrum over a legislative roads fix is similar to the struggle to find common ground before Proposition 30 […]

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Friday Shorts: California Citizenship; Drought and Wildlife; Lawsuit Settled

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

California Citizenship Some people consider California a sovereign state. In fact, there has been a series of initiatives filed to recognize the state as such, requiring the California flag to be flown above the American flag among other changes. Perhaps, California is achieving the status of a sovereign state de facto rather than de jure […]

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On SB 350—What’s the Hurry?

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

Will passing the mandate to cut petroleum use 50-percent in 15 years result in lines at gas stations like California experienced in the 1970s?  I don’t know, but the California Driver’s Alliance, which opposes SB 350 argues that if the bill becomes law gas rationing could result. Gas rationing could lead to those frustrating long […]

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Those Expensive Green Jobs—If They All Are Green

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

Thanks to reporting by Julia Horowitz at the Associated Press we learned that only 1700 of the promised 33,000 green jobs that were supposed to be generated over three years after voters raised taxes on corporations with Proposition 39 in 2012 have been created. And, all those jobs may not be true green. While voters were […]

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For Biz & Govt: The Art of the Deal

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

What’s business looking for in the remaining legislative session and what kind of deals are being discussed to get there? A number of large business organizations have offered support for funding sources to be used for transportation infrastructure purposes on one hand, while on the other strongly opposed both general and specific tax measures such […]

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More Consider the Gov. Race in 2018, but Not the Senate in 2016

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

The story last week that state Treasurer John Chiang is “contemplating” a run for governor in 2018 potentially expands the field in what could prove to be a very interesting and competitive race. Already announced for the seat is Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Former state controller, Steve Westly is said to be considering another run for […]

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Update 2: Top 5 Taxes You May See on the 2016 Ballot

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

In June 2014, I wrote a column forecasting the tax increase measures that might be on the November 2016 ballot given the conversations going on at the time. I updated the list in March of this year. It’s time for another update, this one prompted by an answer to a question Senate President Pro Tem Kevin […]

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