Soda Tax Ban, Pension Taxes, and Future Tax Wars

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Much of the discussion around the proposed deal to remove an initiative requiring a two-thirds vote on all local taxes centers on the motives of the soda industry to avoid taxes on soda but there is another side to that coin that has received little attention. Local governments and unions opposed to the initiative want […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court Adds to California’s Treasury

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

The state of California already sitting on a record surplus would benefit from an additional revenue windfall thanks to two decisions handed down by the United States Supreme Court. The question is what would the state do with that new money? Initial estimates following the Supreme Court’s decision allowing taxing of Internet sales is that […]

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Gas Tax Repeal Vote Will be Close

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

A month before the primary election I wrote a column asking if the recall election of Sen. Josh Newman would be a harbinger for the gas tax repeal in November. His constituents kicked Newman out of office with the gas tax being the main focus of the campaign. Does that prove the issue will play […]

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Judge Highlights a Business Concern in Trial Dealing with Sanctuary State

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

The judge hearing the federal challenge against California immigrant protection laws put his finger on a problem resulting from one of those laws: “The statute really puts the employer between a rock and a hard place,” the judge said. While greater attention at the Sacramento trial focused on California’s sanctuary state law, the dilemma faced […]

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Other Initiatives Lose Spotlight in Glare of 3 States Proposal

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Perhaps the most troubling thing about the Cal 3 States initiative qualifying for the November election is that it will take the spotlight away from important policy measures that will appear along side it on the ballot. Potentially, there could be a slew of measures that would have substantial impact on California policy and governance: […]

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An Old Tale: Help is Coming for Public Unions from Legislative Majority

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Spooked by the imminent prospect of losing mandatory dues from bargaining unit employees, widely anticipated in the soon-to-be announced Janus case, California government employee unions have hauled out some of their most ambitious countermeasures to date and are rushing them through the legislature. SB 866 would cement union control over access to individual employee decisions on whether to continue paying union dues, should […]

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The Good Old Days of the Big 5 Budgets?

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

The state budget passed on time but does anyone long for the good old days of the dragged out budget debates? Remember the deal making to get some Republicans to join majority Democrats to reach the required two-thirds vote? OK, you don’t miss those days because no one enjoyed those drawn-out affairs with IOUs issued […]

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Can John Cox Win? There Have Been GOP Surprises in Blue States

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Can John Cox win the California gubernatorial race? A long shot to be sure, but looking at the overwhelming registration advantage Democrat Gavin Newsom has over Republican Cox doesn’t mean numbers are destiny. Ask the governors of Massachusetts, Maryland and Illinois. In three of the more liberal states in the union, with registration advantage for […]

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LA County BizFed Poll Shows Change in Business Concerns

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

The Los Angeles County Business Federation’s (BizFed) tenth consecutive yearly poll of its members shows that business concerns and priorities can change over a decade. Ten years ago, in the heart of the Great Recession, access to capital, state and local budget concerns and workers compensation were listed as the top three business fears. Today, […]

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Justice Reform Movement’s Self-Inflicted Wound

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

The progressive movement for criminal justice reform was wounded in the California primary and one of those wounds was self-inflicted. Major efforts by liberal groups to back District Attorney candidates who generally supported an overhaul of the bail system, reduced incarcerations, and tougher stands against police misconduct mostly faltered. At the same time, the recall […]

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