End Run Around Spending Limit Likely Headed for the Courts

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

The state’s nearly 40-year-old spending limit law is on the fast track to a date in court. While the state senate budget committee yesterday agreed  with the governor’s framework for the budget, which excludes $22 billion from the spending limit, a number of lawyers have concerns or outright disagree. I expect the courts will be […]

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Dems Aplenty Running for Gov. What about the Reps?

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

So many Democrats running for governor, you’ll soon near a scorecard to keep them straight. Is there room for a Republican in the governor’s race in Deep Blue California? This weekend’s state Democratic convention saw what might be called a thickening of the field for governor with speculation that rich environmentalist Tom Steyer might jump […]

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Measuring the Gas Tax Increase Backlash

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

How hot is the anger over the gas tax increase? It may be a bit early to measure in full the backlash on the gas tax increase since the tax won’t be collected until November. Even then the size of the increase may be muted some since in California gas prices tend to drop a […]

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Education Changes? There’s Something Happening Here

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

The education status quo, buttressed by teachers’ unions and the education establishment, is beginning to buckle. It can be seen in poll responses and Tuesday’s school board election in Los Angeles. Charter school supporters have captured a majority of the Los Angeles school board despite strong opposition from the local teachers’ union. The victory is […]

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AG Becerra: Lifting the Poor will Boost the Economy

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

At a Sacramento Press Club appearance this week, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra claimed California has the “secret sauce for economic success.” The formula includes growing the economy by boosting lower income individuals and immigrants. However, that secret sauce contains some bitter ingredients that has left many behind. Becerra recalled speaking to visitors from the […]

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Brown Makes Environmental Justice Pitch to Get Two-Thirds Vote for Cap-n-Trade

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

At the budget revision press conference last week, Gov. Jerry Brown tried to assuage Democratic lawmakers over costs on his cap-and-trade extension by arguing for environmental justice so as to assure a two-thirds vote for the plan. Brown is aware that some Democrats in low-income areas are wary of supporting legislation that will increase costs […]

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Jerry Brown and Two Sides of the Tax Coin

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

At Gov. Jerry Brown’s May budget revision press conference, when asked about benefits that could come to California from a federal tax cut, Brown dismissed the idea that tax cuts would boost revenues, in the process dredging up nearly 40 year-old pejoratives for such an idea. “Voodoo economics” and a “riverboat gamble,” Brown declared. However, the […]

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A President from California? The Speculation Begins

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

With all the commotion raised by President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and the House passing the American Health Care Act, many Democrats and a number media members are already considering possibilities of a 2020 challenger to Trump. For a change, a Californian may be part of the conversation. California has not had […]

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PAGA Lawsuits Hit Small Businesses Hard

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

The problem with the Private Attorneys General Act on small business was made clear in a recent article in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. It points to an obvious solution to prevent the crippling of small businesses while at the same time supporting labor laws: give businesses a fair amount of time to fix […]

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What Exactly is the “Rule of Law”?

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

Part of the difficulty in finding common ground on the immigration debate in California is a different understanding of a basic governmental concept: the “rule of law.” California officials have readily used the phrase when it comes to resisting the Trump Administration’s immigration policy. Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, admonished the […]

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