From Homeless to Business Boardrooms, Housing Issue is a Big Problem

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

A major concern for California policymakers is the housing crunch. Business says housing cost is a big reason companies move operations elsewhere or are discouraged from coming to California; homeless advocates decry the lack of units for people who find themselves with no place to go; the cost of housing is driving away the middle […]

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“No Bye-Bye-Jerry”—The Wink that was Heard

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

There was no wink from Gov. Jerry Brown when he said he wouldn’t involve himself in the Proposition 30 tax extension issue at his press conference Friday, but if you listened to the context of what he said you heard an audible equivalent to a wink. He said that Prop 30 was temporary; he wasn’t […]

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Hyperloop vs. High Speed Rail? Not Necessarily

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

When Elon Musk first proposed the hyperloop as a transportation alternative, he projected sealed tubes would hurl a pod between San Francisco and Los Angeles in 35 minutes. At the time, Musk’s vision was compared to the newly minted high-speed rail project that was projected to cover the same ground in 2.5 hours and be […]

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Another Bad Idea: A Local Income Tax

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

Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have suggested an income tax on millionaires dedicating the money for homelessness relief. Opening the door for local governments to impose income taxes would erode the state’s major fund raising mechanism, burden taxpayers with more paperwork, hit small businesses whose owners pay business taxes through personal […]

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One Coming, One Going, and One that Got Away

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

The attention-grabbing tiff between California Governor Jerry Brown and Florida Governor Rick Scott over the latter’s business-snatching safari to the Golden State highlighted a week of the state’s constant struggle to stay on top of business recruitment. The scorecard was mixed with news highlights of one business coming, one leaving and, watching with regret, one […]

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Local Cigarette Taxes & One Referendum Averted–Many Local Tax Measures Remain

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

A referendum to reverse a bill that would allow local jurisdictions to raise taxes on cigarettes was set to launch if Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill. He didn’t. It was the only cigarette related bill he vetoed of the six that landed on his desk. Brown said he vetoed the bill because there were […]

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Is Shakespearean Tragedy Brewing for the State Budget?

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

Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble—The Witches of Macbeth The state budget cauldron is boiling with forces approaching that could doom California’s bottom line. State officials reported that income tax revenue has dropped 7% from the previous April, the biggest tax collection month. Predictions had the income tax actually increasing this […]

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Survey Says L.A. Business Smiling—For Now

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

In the opinion of many Los Angeles County business operators, taxes, mandated regulatory costs, and housing costs are too high, but despite those attitudes, two-thirds of the business people responding to the newly released Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) survey are optimistic about their business outlook for 2016. The annual BizFed survey of member […]

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Key Argument on Revenue Bond Initiative Debated

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

A key argument on the initiative to require a vote of the people on revenue bonds that exceeds $2 billion centers around the question if taxpayers could be on the hook for defaulted bonds. Concern for taxpayer liability was the argument that swayed the GOP Initiative Committee to support the measure at the Republican state […]

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Presidential Candidates Address Economy & Jobs at the GOP Convention

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

Economy and jobs are the top issues for Americans and Californians in most polls so how did the Republican presidential candidates address those issues when speaking at the California GOP convention over the weekend? TRUMP Successful businessman Donald Trump probably spent the least time during his speech talking about jobs and the economy. He recalled […]

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