How About Naming Rights For the State Capitol Building?

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

For $12 million a year, the Los Angeles Dodgers are willing to offer naming rights to the field within Dodger Stadium on which the ball club plays. If that helps the Dodgers meet its budget obligations, perhaps the state should adopt a similar plan. Wonder how much the state could get for naming rights for parks, […]

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Cap-n-Trade—and Costs—Up

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

A punch from the left, a punch from the right but still standing, battered but victorious, the cap-and-trade extension. It was an odd fight. Republicans citing environmental groups’ positions to oppose the measure; Democrats hauling up the flag of big business in support. Establishment Republicans like former Gov. Pete Wilson and former United States Secretary […]

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Jeopardy for the Bullet Train with Cap-n-Trade Amendment?

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Late Friday, Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes threw into the cap-and-trade negotiation mix a plan to require a one-time two-thirds vote requirement on how cap-and-trade revenues are spent. The vote would come no sooner than 2024. That proposed vote is a long way off but it could play a role in the funding of the controversial […]

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Not Just Enviros, Biz Also Split on Cap-n-Trade Bills; GOP Might Hold the Key

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Much has been made in news reports that the environmental community is not of one mind on the cap-and-trade bills produced by the governor’s negotiations. They are not alone. The business community is split as well. Tom Scott, Executive Director of the National Federation of Small Business/California argues on behalf of his membership that small […]

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AG’s First Test on Ballot Title & Summary

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

California Attorney General Xavier Beccera faced his first test in approving the title and summary of a controversial and highly watched ballot initiative when the gas tax repeal measure came before him. Becerra has now released the title and summary on that measure. How did he fare? A major concern when a new California Attorney General takes […]

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Faulconer Out of Gov. Race; Would Issa Come In?

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Pure political “Chaos Theory” conjecture here, but could San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s decision not to pursue the governor’s job open the door for Congressman Darrell Issa to make a bid? What prompted this thinking was an interesting article in the San Diego Union Tribune by Michael Smolens that Faulconer’s decision not to pursue the […]

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California, a State of Laws—Or Not

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

What laws do we have to follow? Seems like there is an obvious answer to this question, but in California there is evidence that one gets to pick and choose. Illegal fireworks went off all around me on July 4. Some caused brush fires. The users of the fireworks faced no penalties. I see people […]

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The Minimum Wage Disruption

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Recently, I read an announcement posted in a place of business that told customers the establishment was raising membership dues because of the minimum wage increase. However, it was not because the establishment had many minimum wage workers, the announcement went on to say, but because of the increase in minimum wage, the business felt […]

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For July 4th, A Nation Divided; But Words We Believe In

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

One cannot write about the July 4th holiday in 2017 without acknowledging a country divided. The rhetoric is more than heated; it is boiling. Policy debates melt down into accusations of the most dire circumstances imaginable. The fear quotient is hyped up on all sides; death threats and acts of violence are offered readily, in […]

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The Grave Issue of Increasing Property Tax Revenue

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

My fellow Baby Boomers and I can help raise tax revenue for schools and local governments—all we have to do is die. That’s the message I got from this Bloomberg News headline: Boomers Nearing End of Life Seen Helping California Tax Revenue. The news story reports on a brief issued by the Legislative Analyst’s Office that […]

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