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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The Schwarzenegger-Garcetti Climate Change Road Show

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

Yesterday may have been the initial stop of a Schwarzenegger-Garcetti road show promoting support by subnational governments for the Paris Climate Change Accord. At least, that idea of taking the presentation national was suggested after the former California governor and current Los Angeles mayor sat for a discussion on how to confront the climate change […]

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Midterm Election Voter Turnout Will Influence Type of Initiatives on Ballot

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

A new report from the Public Policy Institute of California describes “missing voters” both in comparing California voter registration to other states and voter turnout problems in midterm elections. Awareness of voter drop off in midterm elections will affect what kinds of initiatives are likely to appear on the 2018 ballot. The study notes that […]

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The Health Care Issue in California and Beyond

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

Good move, Mr. Speaker. The single payer health care measure incorporated in Senate Bill 562 was “woefully incomplete” as Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon declared. Rendon’s move to bury the bill in the Assembly Rules Committee was driven by both policy and political concerns. The health care improvements cannot be fixed by one state alone, even […]

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Return of the “San Francisco Democrats”

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

While San Francisco Bay Area politicians dominated California politics over the past couple of decades as the state became more Democratic, the term “San Francisco Democrats” doesn’t play so well nationally. Those with long memories will recall the term “San Francisco Democrats” served as a pejorative attack against the party following the Democratic National Convention […]

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California Single Payer Health Care Rush

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

Echoes of California’s fabled Gold Rush can be heard in the proposal for single payer health care—but instead of migrants taking gold nuggets out of the ground, a new Health Care Rush likely would see many people rushing to California to claim taxpayer funded health care. Much like Samuel Brannan, publisher of San Francisco’s first newspaper, […]

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In Governor’s Race, Left Turns Worry Business Community

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

In deep blue California, many Democratic gubernatorial candidates have their left turn blinker on constantly supporting policy moves in a progressive and risky direction. How does that sit with the state’s business community, which treasures certainty? While the business sector is not monolithic, there is a common concern expressed by all types of business leaders […]

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