Job Creators

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

With the news that California’s economy is now the sixth largest in the world and that the state’s economic growth last year exceeded nearly all other states, it is worth celebrating the state’s economic standing. Still, no one should lose focus on the number one issue for Californians—job creation. The May Public Policy Institute of California […]

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The First “Gut and Amend” Initiative?

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

In what may be fairly called the first “gut and amend” initiative, the California Supreme Court backed Governor Jerry Brown’s effort to move his judicial reform initiative forward despite initiative proponents offering substantial, altering amendments to the original measure after public comment period closed. Anyone who follows legislative action is familiar with the term “gut and […]

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Labor’s Love Lost

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

Election campaigns contain a bit of Shakespearean drama as they deal with many aspects of human nature, but the fractured headline of this piece refers not to Shakespeare’s play but the question labor faces because of an unusual outcome in a Los Angeles County supervisorial race. In the Fifth Supervisorial District overseen by Republican Michael […]

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Election Prediction Record Not Bad—What Do Results Mean?

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

How’d I do with my Election Day predictions? Not bad. Would I be writing a follow-up article if I had a miserable night gazing into the crystal ball? Here are the predictions and results with a look at what these results might mean: Presidential Race As I predicted, Hillary Clinton won by the more than the […]

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Looking Ahead to 2018, a Lesson for the GOP in U.S. Senate Race

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

Under the top two primary, for the first time a major statewide contest will have two members of the same party squaring off in the General Election. This circumstance could be repeated a number of times in coming statewide elections. Attorney General Kamala Harris romped to victory in the 34-candidate senate primary field with 40.4% […]

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Election Day: Questions, What to Look For and a Few Predictions

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

Election primary day is finally here in California. Watching much of the rest of the country’s voters engage in the process of choosing presidential nominees is little more than a spectator sport for Californians. While the choices of whom to vote for have been limited by those other states’ voters, Californians now will get a […]

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Add Accountability to Campaigns by Lifting Contribution Limits

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

The legislature brought this on themselves, all this outside money in the state’s candidate campaigns. Okay, not the folks in the current legislature, but this legislature, or at least the next one, can begin to fix the damage. About $28-million dollars has been spent in California this primary election through Independent Expenditures, a new record […]

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Remembering Kirk West

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

Kirk West was not only a strong, effective and conscience leader for the business community but a gentleman in the true sense of the word and someone I enjoyed working with when he ran the California Chamber of Commerce for over a decade. This morning the Chamber announced Kirk West’s passing at age 79. Kirk […]

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Gutting the “Gut and Amend” Process

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

Legislative transparency, good government and the ability of the legislature to get things done are issues voters will consider if the “California Legislature Transparency Act” initiative makes it to the ballot. A number of legislators don’t want to see it there but understand the power of the transparency issue, of which they often spend mountains of […]

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Spending the Marijuana Tax

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

While most attention focused on the marijuana initiative will revolve around whether the drug should be legalized for recreational purposes, there is a discussion to be had about the tax that would be applied to marijuana if the initiative passes. The proposal carries an excise tax of 15% above and beyond sales and use taxes […]

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