The Tough Politics of Tax Reform

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

(Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the Sacramento Bee) In Greek mythology, Sisyphus’ task of pushing a boulder uphill only to see it roll back down every time may be a metaphor for changing California’s tax system. State Controller Betty Yee is the latest to say the tax system must change. To undertake the task, […]

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No Budget Cuts? There May Be a Reason

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

Governor Jerry Brown did not find one spending item to cut when he approved the state budget. This is a rare occurrence. In fact, you have to go way back to 1982 to find a governor who did not veto a single item in the budget. That governor was one Jerry Brown in the last […]

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Brexit and California Business & Politics

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

The immediate effect of British voters’ move to leave the European Union will hit California business but a ripple effect could also be felt with the state’s political decisions as well. No one knows for sure what the long-term effects of Brexit will be but there was extensive handwringing over the economic prospects for the […]

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Politicon

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

Politicon, the conference billed as the Comic-Con of politics, held its convention in Pasadena over the weekend. This is the second year of Politicon, which brings notable political players from the left and right and in between to discuss and battle over national politics. The big event the first day was a debate between conservative […]

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L.A. “No Sunset” Sales Tax Headed for the Ballot, Can it Get 2/3 Vote?

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

The Los Angeles area business community said they were ready to battle for the half-cent sales tax dedicated for transportation. They better roll up their sleeves and get ready for a tough fight. The reason? The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted 11 -2 to put the tax on the November ballot with no […]

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Los Angeles Laboratory for Local Tax Increases

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

In the primary election this month 89 local taxes and bonds faced voters. The total is expected to increase in November. In some jurisdictions voters likely will face multiple tax increases dedicated for different purposes. Los Angeles is a prime example. Today, the transportation agency known as Metro is considering a half-cent sales tax to […]

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Judging (and Recalling) Judges

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

The question of recalling Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky over his sentencing decision for Stanford student Brock Turner in the notorious campus rape case has policy and political implications that goes to judicial independence and could even play a minor role in a coming statewide ballot initiative campaign. Petitions calling for Persky’s removal from the […]

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Diversionary Measures Attempt to Undercut Transparency Initiative

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

California has seen this scenario before–when the legislature tries to upend an initiative on the ballot by placing a competing measure on the same ballot that is not as forceful as the initiative. In this year’s version we are talking about the California Legislature Transparency Act (CLTA), which requires that all bills be in print and […]

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Cap-n-Trade, Cigarette Tax and the Tale of Dwindling Funds

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

California’s cap and trade program and cigarette tax increases have something in common—the more they encourage behavioral changes in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and smoking, the less revenue they bring in. If the goal is to reduce the pollutants and the smoke then the programs can claim some success. But, these programs also appear to […]

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Two-thirds Vote Still an Issue for Some Budget Matters

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

California has a state budget. True it’s a record setter at $122.5 billion, 6% higher than last year’s general fund budget, and the budget didn’t take on major debt liabilities created in great part by public employee health and retirement costs. Republicans noted all this in voting no on the budget. That’s about all they […]

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