Don’t Bring Back the Candy Tax

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

It’s not often that California voters support a ballot measure by over a two-thirds vote but that’s what they did in 1992 when rejecting a sales tax on snack foods and candy. Now Assembly members Lorena Gonzalez and Cristina Garcia want the voters to take a second look at that action by supporting a tax […]

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Proposition 55: A Lesson in Not-So-Temporary Temporary Taxes

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

Coming out of the Great Recession that ravaged the state budget, Governor Jerry Brown and the state’s teachers’ unions joined forces to successfully push Proposition 30, a 2012 ballot initiative labeled, “Temporary Taxes to Fund Education.” Yet, despite a General Fund that grew 42 percent since Governor Brown became governor and Proposition 98 education spending that increased […]

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Promises, Promises

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

Voters, beware the promises you will hear attached to the coming state ballot measures. Given the track record of some recently passed ballot measures, voters should turn a skeptical eye on many of the assurances assigned by initiative promoters. There were some big whoppers of course, none more so than the high-speed rail that is […]

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Business Losses and Wins in Legislative Bills Battle

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

No one knows for sure what  Governor Brown will do with the 800 bills on his desk that await his signature, but for the business community the recently ended legislative session saw some successes and some big setbacks. Perhaps there are more to come. Concerned with the idea of extending and increasing greenhouse gases reduction […]

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Joe Hicks Took on David Duke

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

Twenty years ago next month, former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke came to California to engage in a high profile debate on Proposition 209, the initiative to close down affirmative action. Joe Hicks, former executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference founded by Martine Luther King, Jr., […]

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For Small Business, One Good Bill, One Bad

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

There are obviously more than two bills that the Legislature is considering which would affect small business in either a positive or negative way, but for this writing, two to focus on is a measure to help small business gain the resources necessary to thrive while also looking at one of those gut-and-amend measures that […]

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Secret Ballot is a Shield of Democracy

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

Should AB 1494 become law allowing voters to disclose voluntarily how they voted it would reverse the protections of a secret ballot, an important tool of democratic elections. Author Marc Levine (D-Greenbrae) and supporters argue that the voluntary disclosure is a First Amendment issue. Indeed, any citizen can now say how they vote. But, the bill’s […]

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Backstop: The Taxpayers

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

Pity the poor California taxpayers. They are seen as the backstop for various government schemes that are supposed to be self-funding. The Wall Street Journal’s lead editorial yesterday, critical of California’s plan to establish state managed retirement accounts for private employees, argued that while the law says the state shall not be liable for any […]

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How the Voters Feel About Climate Change Legislation

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

When the greenhouse gases extension bill seemed to be stalled in the legislature, Gov. Jerry Brown’s Executive Secretary, Nancy McFadden, said that the administration would get its way on the climate change: Either the bill would pass the legislature or the governor would take his agenda to the ballot. He filed papers for a ballot […]

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Status Quo Stands as Supreme Court Stays Out of Education Fights

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

The state’s teachers’ unions had a good day at the hands of the California Supreme Court yesterday but then so did the state’s taxpayers. The state Supreme Court upheld an Appellate Court decision in the Vergara case, which concerns constitutional protections of students involving teacher tenure, retention and dismissal. Student plaintiffs claimed that they, along […]

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