Meetings of Rivals the Solution to Complex Problems? Gov. Thinks So

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

Governor Newsom’s plan for solving major complex issues is to bring all sides of an issue together to hammer out solutions. It might prove more difficult than he can imagine. When he signed Assembly Bill 5 to oversee the classification of workers, Newsom declared, “”I will convene leaders from the Legislature, the labor movement and […]

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Garcetti Says Business is Booming in LA; But Beware of New Business Taxes

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

In his annual address to the San Fernando Valley’s United Chamber of Commerce event, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proudly proclaimed Los Angeles a city of the future that promotes the business community. While he had a list of positives about the city’s economic vitality, including tax reductions for business, he didn’t mention that he […]

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A Bill to Advantage Labor over Business in Using Direct Democracy

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

The latest effort by the legislature to reduce law-making competition from the initiative process now on Governor Newsom’s desk favors the majority party’s labor allies over the business community.  AB 1451 authored by Assemblyman Evan Low requires that at least ten percent of petition signatures come from unpaid signature gatherers. The measure would also ban […]

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Criticism of Big Tech Indicates A Political Shift

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

When the Attorney Generals of 48 states joined AGs from Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico to announce a widespread probe of dominant technology firms, the focus here was that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra did not sign on. Yet, there is another aspect to the story that indicates a political shift occurring with some Republicans […]

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Ignoring the Will of the People

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

To borrow a term from the legal world, prima facie evidence indicates the governor and legislature have little regard for what the voters think and choose to go their own way. It can be seen with the governor’s moratorium on the death penalty and the legislature’s decision on rent control. Governor Newsom’s position on the […]

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Public Banking and the Slow Takeover of the Private Sector

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

If the governor says okay, we will soon see public banks established in local jurisdictions pop-up around California, another step of government officials invading the private sector. The legislature sent to Governor Newsom AB 857 by Assembly members David Chiu and Miguel Santiago to allow for the creation of public banks, controlled by local government […]

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AB 5 and the Ghost of Failed Bills Past

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

If AB 5 to reclassify workers in the new economy becomes law it will set up future trouble for the state much like the bills in the 1990s to deregulate energy and the granting of wider pension benefits for public employees. The bills are quite different and their paths to becoming law are also different. […]

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Two-Thirds Vote Needed for Some Local Taxes? Who Knows?

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

Does it take a two-thirds vote or a majority vote of the people to raise local taxes placed on the ballot via the initiative process?  Answer: No one knows—yet. Like many policy debates, it will take a state Appeals Court or the California Supreme Court to decide. Uncertainty already existed over the vote requirement for […]

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Like Ending a TV Drama, the Legislature needs to tie up Loose Ends before Shutting Down

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

One might look at the last week of the legislative session like the last episode of a TV series. The job of the performers, writers and producers is to tie up loose ends in many of the story lines, and there are many story lines under the Capitol dome that beg for an ending.  By […]

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Legislature: Beat Up Trump if You Must, but Fix SB 1

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

In the California legislature, standing up for the environment while taking a shot at the Trump Administration is business as usual. But when business as usual casts a wide net that comes with consequences that can interfere with the state’s agriculture and the state’s economy then legislators should have second thoughts. Such is the situation […]

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