Education Spending and Student Academic Achievement Results

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

Much attention is placed on California’s relative rank with respect to our education spending, and unfortunately, much of it based on old and incomplete data. Proponents of changing Proposition 13 often site old National Education Association (NEA) statistics that ranked California 46th in the nation on education spending. Even if one is willing to accept […]

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It’s Not About Fairness, It’s About More Tax Money

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

The campaign to change Proposition 13 by the self-styled “Make it Fair” coalition is not about fairness, it is all about more tax money. The coalition claims business gets tax breaks under the current property tax system. Their favorite example to point to was a deal over a Santa Monica hotel purchase that was engineered […]

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Unwarranted Influence of Education Establishment Blunts Reforms

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

In hearing that a number of common sense education reforms were turned away by the majority Democrats in the Assembly Education Committee last week I couldn’t help think of the famous line from President Dwight Eisenhower’s farewell address. Yes, quite a leap from a California assembly committee vote and Eisenhower’s call to be wary of […]

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Don’t Repeal Prop 218

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

Within the body of Joe Mathews’ argument for repealing Proposition 218 he wrote for this site is the precise reason the taxpayer protection measure should continue to stand. Mathews states that the problem with restricting taxing power for local government is that local public officials become spenders but cannot match the liabilities they create with […]

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You Thought Only Tax Increases would be on the 2016 Ballot

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

For months the assumption in Sacramento was that at least one and possibly more tax increase measures would find their way on the 2016 General Election ballot by initiative. The litany of possible tax increases just might have to move over to make room for a tax cut on the same ballot. The Howard Jarvis […]

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Minimum Wage Debate L.A. Style

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

What if three different studies on the effects of a minimum wage increase in Los Angeles each came up with a different conclusion — who do you trust? That was a question asked at the Town Hall Los Angeles debate Thursday between Gary Toebben, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and […]

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Marco Rubio Talks Generational Leadership Change for a New American Century

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

The biggest surprise I had when I listened to Florida senator and presidential candidate Marco Rubio at Town Hall Los Angeles Tuesday was that there was no mention of the immigration issue. In California, an epicenter of the immigration debate for decades, I expected someone to ask if Rubio’s view is changing or has changed […]

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Market Forces Key to Managing Water Crisis

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

“California is short of water, but it’s flooded with headlines about the drought,” former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said kicking off USC’s Schwarzenegger Institute and the Public Policy Institute of California program on the state’s drought. The goal of the program was to look at the truth behind the headlines and find some answers to deal […]

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Acting Out the Minimum Wage Drama

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

“All the world’s a stage,” wrote William Shakespeare, and political theater on the hot topic of the minimum wage is playing out in smaller Los Angeles theaters. We’re not talking about minimum wage as the topic of a play, but minimum wage as the subject of who goes on stage. When the leadership of Actors […]

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The California Introduction Machine

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

Much is made during presidential election periods that the state is merely an ATM machine for candidates. As a solid blue state that has not voted for a Republican for the White House since 1988, California is considered safe for whoever the Democratic nominee will be (we’re talking to you, Hillary Clinton.) Yet, candidates from […]

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