What Exactly is the “Rule of Law”?

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

Part of the difficulty in finding common ground on the immigration debate in California is a different understanding of a basic governmental concept: the “rule of law.” California officials have readily used the phrase when it comes to resisting the Trump Administration’s immigration policy. Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, admonished the […]

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The California 7

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

The political question facing the seven California congressional Republicans who are holding vulnerable seats is why did they jump aboard the American Health Care Act when up to the last day a number of them were undecided or leaning against the bill? First, let’s please agree that reaction of both Democrats and Republicans to the […]

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Ag Business Will Look Favorably on Feinstein-Harris Farmworker Bill

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

In an effort to assure that California’s enormous agricultural industry has the workers it needs, California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris co-authored with colleagues a bill to prevent alien farmworkers from being deported and, in fact, allow them to work toward citizenship. Expect the state’s agriculture businesses to be sympathetic to the bill. That […]

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Trust Govt. to Spend New Money as Promised? The Record is Not Good

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

Reassurances to taxpayers about proper management of new revenue on the state and local level is too often ignored by politicians once the money is secured. Recent examples of attempts to spend money differently than promised are common—but it’s an old story, as well. The legislature passed the gas tax and vehicle license fee increase […]

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Is CA a Good Place to Start a Small Business?

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

Since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. We are in the midst of Small Business Week 2017 now and it’s important to know if California cities are welcoming to small business. Important because according […]

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A New State Motto: “Show Me the Money”

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

Maybe we should change California’s official state motto from “Eureka” to “Show Me the Money.”  Most of the high-profile news we get about California deals with the so-called “resistance” to the Trump administration. But, even in those discussions, money is an important barometer. And, consider that money was the key ingredient in many big stories […]

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The Impact of Minimum Wage Increases

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

The debate over the minimum wage did not end when the state followed the lead of a number of local governments in agreeing to boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Now we are watching the impact of the increase. Even before workers achieve the $15, there are signs that the increase in minimum […]

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Split roll property tax proposal is really a pension tax

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

When state Sens. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, introduce a split roll property tax to increase taxes on business property, you’ll hear arguments from advocates that the tax money is for the schools and local services such as libraries and police. In actuality, the measure is a tax to fund public employee […]

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Eliminate the Bd of Equalization? I Voted for That, Sort Of

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

A spotlight has been put on the Board of Equalization, a state tax agency, that has been found wanting after a critical audit, enough so that the governor has clamped restrictions on the board. One idea that has re-surfaced in the wake of Board of Equalization examination is that the agency should be closed down. […]

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For Education Poll, Knowledge Is Missing

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

Here’s what is missing in the latest Public Policy Institute of California poll on education: a test of the respondents knowledge on education funding. It is an understandable reaction to respond to questions about improving schools by adding more funding. That is generally what PPIC got in its new k-12 education poll. But, the reaction […]

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