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Big Winner if AB 69 Fails: High-Speed-Rail

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

Much has been made of the potential losers if AB 69, the bill authored by Assemblyman Henry Perea to delay applying cap-and-trade regulations to transportation fuels, fails to become law – but there is also a potential big winner: high-speed-rail. It has been pointed out that a predicted increase of anywhere from 15-cents to 70-cents […]

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Water Bond Realities

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

There are two realities with the current $11.1 billion water bond currently scheduled to appear on the November ballot as Proposition 43. One, the bond is too big and filled with pork. Two, even so, if it appeared on the ballot as is, it likely would pass. Legislators are debating the size and content of […]

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A Moment with James Brady

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

I had one brief meeting with James Brady, President Ronald Reagan’s press secretary, who died yesterday. Although brief, all the aspects of his jovial, warm personality that are being reported in many of his obituaries today came out in the short encounter. Brady’s hopes of becoming press secretary for the President of the United States […]

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Election Ballot as Advisory Poll

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

Two separate California appellate court decisions last week – one directly, one indirectly – deal with the question that voting on state ballot measures can be used to simply get voters’ opinions. The court was directly dealing with the status of advisory measures in the case of Proposition 49 to upend the Citizens United case. […]

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Delaying Fuel Cost Piece of Greenhouse Gases Law Pits Blue Collar vs. Progressive Elites

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

One of the most high profile bills in the legislative session that resumes next week just got pushed into the center of the spotlight. AB 69, the measure to delay applying cap-and-trade regulations to transportation fuels, drew the attention of hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer who pledged “to spend what it takes” to see that […]

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Taxes and Jobs

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

A column by journalist David Cay Johnston in the Sacramento Bee re-visited arguments made by opponents of the Proposition 30 tax increases – including me – that jobs would be killed if the taxes were increased. As pointed out in the article, California has increased jobs since the taxes took effect. However, it was not […]

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Not Your Father & Mother’s GOP A.G. Candidate

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

The challenger to Attorney General Kamala Harris is Republican Ron Gold, http://rongold.org/ a former California deputy attorney general whose positions don’t always line up with the stances often associated with Republican candidates. Read his press releases. Gold supports legalizing marijuana and backs the U.S. Senate immigration plan and a path to citizenship. Gold calls for […]

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Cost An Issue in Environmental Friendly CA

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

The new Public Policy Institute of California poll on the environment shows that Californians continue to be strong for environmental protections, but standing up for the environment weakens when a price tag is attached. While the poll covered a number of environmental issues, when pollsters asked follow-up questions involving possible cost increases for transportation fuels […]

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Villaraigosa on Teachers Unions

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

Former Los Angeles mayor, California Assembly Speaker, and importantly, teacher union organizer, Antonio Villaraigosa had some sharp words for teachers unions in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece. Reacting to rhetoric at two recent teacher conventions, Villaraigosa asked why the teachers unions were so resistant to change. “As a former union leader and a life-long […]

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Notes from the Weekend: Perez Out; Investors of High Speed Rail in?

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

John Perez has ended his recount bid that had brought out critics of both Perez for seeking the recount and California’s bizarre recount system, itself, in which a candidate can choose the county votes he or she wished to explore. Given the small margin of defeat, there has also been carping about the Perez campaign […]

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