Better Ways to Handle Coming National & CA Debates after CNBC Debacle

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

Those considering hosting debates in the coming California elections should take lessons from the mishandling of the current presidential debates and take advantage of the state’s unique primary system to offer real issue-oriented debates. The recent Republican Presidential Debate on CNBC received more blowback for the way the debate was handled than what the candidates had […]

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Top 5 Taxes You May See on the November 2016 Ballot–Version 4

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

Tis the season for proposed initiative filings given how much time proponents have to go through the process of qualifying a measure for the November 2016 ballot and there has been some movement on the tax initiative front. This is the fourth column dedicated to prognosticating the interconnected ebbs and flows of tax proposal strategy […]

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Bombs Away with Tax Credits

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

The Air Force awarding Northrop Grumman the contract for manufacturing strategic bombers is the best news for California’s aerospace industry since — well, since Northrop Grumman moved its headquarters out of Los Angeles to Reston, Virginia. That action took place about five years ago and highlighted a two-decade long struggle in the defense/aerospace industry relationship with […]

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Body Blows to the High-Speed Rail

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

Like a punch-drunk fighter, the High Speed Rail Authority must be reeling from the blows landed by Ralph Vartabedian’s Special Report in the Los Angeles Times asserting with expert testimony that the project is likely over cost and behind schedule. And, an even bigger blow could come from the courts removing the rail’s one steady income […]

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Initiative Strategy Will See a Change

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

One strategy for pursuing policy changes through ballot initiatives may become victim of the new law to charge a larger fee to file an initiative for title and summary with the Attorney General’s office. The $200 filing fee, in place since 1943, will go up to $2000 starting next year after Governor Brown signed AB […]

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SF Chronicle Editorial is Wrong on Prop 13

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

The San Francisco Chronicle wants to raise property taxes on homes. That has to be the conclusion from it editorial that criticizes Gov. Brown for saying he will not support a “split roll” taxing businesses differently than homes. The Chronicle calls this a “primary” reform. Clearly, the editorial writers have in mind a secondary reform: changing […]

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Wrestling with Funding Plans to Fix the Roads

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

There is consensus that California’s road and highways must be fixed. There is no consensus how the fix should be paid for. The Special Session legislative meeting Friday was called a first step in finding agreement to the funding problem. The Democrats see tax increases as part of the mix; Republicans want to prioritize the […]

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Game Changing California Elections

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

Elections matter an old saying goes. Four seasoned California political observers set out to prove that maxim by examining 12 elections that moved California policy and politics in new directions. Game Changers, winner of the California Historical Society Book Award, was written by former television and print reporter Steve Swatt, veteran legislative staff member Susie Swatt, […]

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The Never Ending Saga of State Debt

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

State Treasurer John Chiang issued a report recently that praises California’s fiscal strides in dealing with debt but also raises warnings that the state is still in the deep end of the debt pool. The issue of debt will be on voters minds as they confront a number of likely ballot issues next year that deal […]

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Is There a Willie Brown in Congress?

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

The battle in the Republican congressional caucus over choosing a leader just might open an opportunity for a strategic, politically savvy Democrat to take a shot at the speakership. Very unlikely, certainly, but the situation in Washington must remind some Californians of the wily moves by Democratic Speaker Willie Brown to keep hold the reins […]

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