Escalating Tax Wars

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

First came the threat from the Trump administration that California sanctuary cities would no longer receive federal money if the cities defied U.S. immigration policy. Next, former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown said California officials are considering ways to withhold tax revenue from the federal government. “California could very well become an organized non-payer,” he said. In […]

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Will Taxpayers Come to the Aid of Sanctuary Cities?

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

President Donald Trump started the process of denying federal grants to cities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration laws. Mayors of many large California cities, but not all, have declared they will resist the order and keep sanctuary status for undocumented immigrants. If the president is eventually successful in denying funds to sanctuary cities will local […]

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Amen Brother Trump and other Nods to Bipartisanship

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

“Amen to that, brother,” Governor Jerry Brown exhorted in his state of the state speech in support of President Donald Trump’s call for spending $1 trillion on infrastructure improvements. It was the only sense of cooperation the governor offered to the new president and some of his expected policies. While Brown set down markers saying […]

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Looking Ahead—and Back—at the State of the State Address

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

Governor Jerry Brown’s 14th State of the State address tomorrow undoubtedly will carry a defense of California policies in the era of President Donald Trump. But what else might we expect and hope to hear from the governor? During last year’s State of the State Address, Governor Brown closed with the issue of climate change. Expect […]

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Californians Opposed to Trump’s Immigration Ideas? Poll Results May Surprise You

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

California’s political leaders, the generals of the so-called Trump resistance, may be surprised that they don’t have as many troops behind them as they imagined according to the new Golden State Poll released by the Hoover Institution. In issues dealing with immigration—sanctuary cities, deportations, and denying immigration from certain countries—the poll showed split support rather […]

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In LA: Taxing Business to Publically Finance Political Campaigns?

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

A Los Angeles City Councilman wants to get rid of private money in politics by approving a public financing scheme potentially funded by taxing members of the business community. Councilman Mike Bonin, reacting to stories that big time developers try to persuade public officials to support their projects with campaign contributions, thinks its time to […]

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Enough Already! More Woe for the High-Speed Rail

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

Anyone who thinks the high-speed rail project will be completed within the cost figures projected by the rail authority, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Of course, the promise to taxpayers on the cost of the rail was broken ages ago. Remember, voters were told if they supported a nearly $10-billion bond to help […]

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Kevin Starr, California’s Biographer

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

I blush at the undue praise in the inscription Kevin Starr wrote in my copy of his book, Coast of Dreams, California on the Edge 1990-2003. He inscribed the book to “an important interpreter of the complexities of the California experience.” Historian and former state librarian Kevin Starr was the great interpreter of California’s experience […]

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What’s Behind the Cap and Trade Urgency Budget Proposal

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

The governor’s budget calls for $2.2 billion in spending from revenue secured under the Cap and Trade law—but there’s a catch. The money would only be released if the legislature passes an urgency measure, which requires a two-thirds vote, thus confirming the Air Resources Board’s authority to administer the Cap and Trade program beyond its […]

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Riding the Budget Tiger

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

Forget about the budget proposal introduced by Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday. The budget plan that will matter is the revised version issued in May–even more than usual–after we learn more about the economy and plans from the new Trump Administration, both of which could have major impacts on the budget. The economy, which has shown […]

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