Checking the Predictions–Taxes that Made the Statewide Ballot

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

Starting over two years ago, I wrote an occasional column conjecturing about which taxes might appear on the statewide November 2016 ballot via the initiative process. Changing political strategies moved the targets over time as I listed what I perceived to be the top five tax items that were being discussed as ballot initiatives. Now […]

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CA Small Biz Rating Gets an F, PAGA Lawsuits Don’t Help

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

I’m tempted to start with that old saw: “Stop me if you’ve heard this one before,” but I know you would stop me because you have heard this before –California is not friendly to small business. That’s the conclusion of the annual Thumbtack.com Small Business Friendliness Survey. The fifth annual survey gives the Golden State the […]

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Homeless Solution: Taxes?

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

Apparently, politicians up and down the state think the solution to California’s homeless problem is taxes. In San Francisco, members of the board of supervisors want to tax the tech industry. In Los Angeles, the city council wants to raise property taxes on all property owners. On the state level, legislative leaders plan to shift […]

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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

(Note: The painting to the left is called ‘Unafraid And Unashamed’ by Julian Raven) 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 […]

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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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