The Politics of Tax Reform

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

Most analyst agree that California’s tax system is out of whack and needs major repairs but one thing that stands in the way is politics. Many interests are comfortable with what they’ve got with the current system and don’t want to change. Voters tend not to like tinkering with the tax system they know, fearing […]

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Tom Hayden

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

The first time I saw Tom Hayden he was running in the 1976 primary for the United States Senate to displace fellow Democrat John Tunney. I was relatively new to California. It was in the San Francisco area. Hayden was campaigning, walking down the street with a group of young campaign supporters advancing him, announcing […]

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Business and Tax Ballot Measures

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

Last week, the Los Angeles Times’ Liam Dillon reported that the business community is not engaging on the big tax fights appearing on the November ballot: Proposition 55, the income tax extension and Proposition 56, the increased tobacco tax. While business leaders say the positions taken is colored by political circumstances around these particular measures, business […]

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Are Bonds Free?

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

Voters in California have hundreds of local bonds to consider in this election but I suspect many voters don’t understand how the bonds are funded. They won’t find out by reading ballot summaries. I can’t speak for all the bond summaries throughout the state, but I looked over the 24 bonds on Los Angeles County […]

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Strange Provisions in Proposition 60

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

Proposition 60, the measure requiring use of condoms in adult films, has a couple of noteworthy provisions that could be precedent setting for future initiatives–one not so good; the other, interesting and different, if perhaps unconstitutional. One item deals with enforcement of the condom law and reinforces the idea of citizens substituting for government agencies […]

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Handle Your Presidential Debates With Care

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

(Editor’s Note: This essay is part of U.S. Presidential Elections Have Always Been Crazy, an Inquiry produced for What It Means to Be American, a partnership of the Smithsonian’sNational Museum of American History and Zócalo Public Square. A shorter version of this article appeared previously in Fox and Hounds). Today, presidential debates between candidates are considered fixtures of our political […]

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Not Too Late for a Write-In Campaign

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

I’m as frustrated as many of you about this year’s presidential campaign. Even before the recent Wikileaks revelations tainting the Clinton campaign and the videotape adding another indictment against the Trump candidacy, this year’s election fell so low in the gutter it would take a ladder to reach the curb. But if you are frustrated […]

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Changing the Rules to Curb the GOP 

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

A new law setting up a redistricting commission in Los Angeles County is the first move by Democrats hoping to take as tight a grip on local elected offices as they have under the capitol dome. Dan Walters’ Monday column in the Sacramento Bee did an excellent job of dissecting the flaws in SB 958 authored by Sen. […]

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The Billionaire Ballot Props Election

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

Let’s look at this year’s ballot propositions as the Billionaire’s Election. While its not unheard of for the very rich to indulge in politics, no less than four of the 17 ballot measures have billionaire backers whose dollars helped get the propositions on the ballot. Proposition 53 would require a vote of the people for […]

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The Trump Anchor in CA

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

Even before the Washington Post reported the videotape revealing Donald Trump’s lewd comments about women, the Republican candidate was proving to be an anchor weighing down Republicans in California. Campaign pollsters say that Republicans running for assembly and senate seats that were doing well suffered a drop in numbers after a barrage of negative hit […]

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