Could Federal Tax Change Prompt a Move Against Prop 13? 

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


Supporters of a split roll property tax smell opportunity in the federal tax bill. They are polling to see if the split roll can be advanced as an answer to tax deductibility changes under the proposed law. The question of state and local tax deductions in the Republican tax bill is still being ironed out. […]

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Obstacles to a CA Response on Federal Tax Plan

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


A combination of state law and the outcome of sexual harassment cases in Sacramento could forestall California’s response to offset increased taxes under a federal tax bill. Let’s state at the beginning that the tax plan coming out of Washington has not been finalized so much speculation is going into what the final plan will […]

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What Now for Bob Hertzberg?

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


With the announcement yesterday that Sen. Toni Atkins will be the next president pro tem of the state senate a fair question is where does Sen. Bob Hertzberg focus his immense energies since he too aspired to that post? Like Atkins, Hertzberg was once Speaker of the Assembly. He was also a successful lawyer, a […]

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Quick Notes on the SoCal Wildfires

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a local state of emergency on the Skirball Fire in the Sepulveda Pass section of West Los Angeles and the Creek Fire in the northern San Fernando Valley. One of the officials who oversees the implementation of the declaration is Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety for the City […]

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Taxpayers Second Victims in Harassment Cases

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


In light of the sexual harassment charges that have encircled the legislature, last month Assemblyman Kevin McCarty said he would introduce a bill that would require convicted sexual harassers to pay out of their own pocket instead of taxpayers compensating victims. McCarty’s bill should go further to protect taxpayers. Taxpayers are also victims when sexual […]

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No Trigger in GOP Tax Plan—Like CA Once Had

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


The U.S. Senate passed a tax bill Saturday morning but not before shunting aside the idea of setting a “trigger” to raise taxes if economic growth did not provide enough revenues to avert a growing budget deficit. The idea of a “trigger” to deal with an unsolved deficit was once adopted by the California legislature, […]

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Tax Reform and the 2018 CA Elections

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


The tax reform plan that is on the road to passing Congress sets up an interesting dynamic for the 2018 elections in California. Democrats will argue that those Republican congress members who voted for the tax plan and ended deductions raised taxes on many Californians. On the other hand most state Democrats will be protecting […]

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An Oddity in the PPIC Poll: Republicans for De León

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) released its latest poll on California political races and ballot issues with few surprises—with one exception. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León leads U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein among Republican voters who have made up their mind. De León’s margin over Feinstein is 25% to 18% with 55% […]

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Is it About Sexual Harassment or About Getting a “Vote?”

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


Could Senator Tony Mendoza’s situation lead to California’s Roy Moore moment when politics and the need for legislative votes overshadow the moral concerns dealing with sexual harassment? Let’s hope not. Should Mendoza follow former Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra’s example and resign the Democrats lose their supermajority in the Senate. A number of Republicans back Moore for […]

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Homeless Solutions Should Not Target Homeowners

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


As the search for solutions to the homeless problem continues current property owners and the equity they have in their homes are often cited as targets for funding homelessness relief. What is ignored with these proposed remedies is that homeowners are counting on the equity in their homes to help with retirement or other needs. […]

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