National Park Fees, State Gas Taxes and the AG’s Policy Choices

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

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra wants to keep national park fees down so poor people can afford entry in their vehicles. However, the gas tax repeal effort, which critics say he disfavors based on the title and summaries he authored on repeal initiatives, might keep drivers from even reaching the parks because of the increased […]

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Other Revenue Sources Should Be as “Devastating” as Prop 13

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

You’ve heard the complaints and criticisms for four decades now on how Proposition 13 severally cut government finances. Yet, once again a report from a government agency itself says that just isn’t so. As part of the Legislative Analyst’s Office recent report on California’s Fiscal Outlook for 2018-2019, a chapter on property taxes is titled […]

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Steyer’s Impeachment Campaign More Like a Recall 

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

Tom Steyer’s “Need to Impeach” campaign targeting President Trump is more like a recall effort familiar to Californians than an impeachment effort. The constitution clearly states “high crimes and misdemeanors” generate impeachment. Recall from office is mostly triggered over policy issues. Steyer’s campaign is also about policy. That was made clear with his new ad issued […]

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GOP Tax Plan May Make Business a Target for Tax Raisers in CA

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

If the tax plan passes congress, California business better have a shield because they will be the target of tax increase activists. The House vote on the GOP tax bill was step one. There is a ways to go before the tax cut plan becomes law and on the Republican side there is still last […]

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The Interesting Challenge of a Neighborhood Legislature

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

John Cox spent over a million dollars to end money influence in politics. The seeming irony exists because Cox believes the only way to reduce special interest money in candidate campaigns is to make districts so small that big money is not needed to win a seat in the Legislature. To make such a major […]

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Jerry Brown Meets Doc Brown: Has California Gone “Back to the Future” on Taxes and Crime?

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

Despite changing demographics and a sharp veer to the ideological left, is it possible that California could take a political trip back to the future as two staples resurface that drove the state’s politics in the more conservative 1980s and 1990s? Look around and you’ll see indications that even in this liberal bastion on the […]

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Three Californias? California Independence? How about Simply: California Classic!

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

Venture capitalist Tim Draper’s new quest to break up California into smaller states will face legal challenges, political obstacles and even the hindrance of confusing names. Recall that Draper proposed an initiative in 2013 to re-stitch the Golden State into a six multi-faceted diamond. He never got enough signatures to qualify the measure so Draper […]

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California Congressional Republicans Key to Tax Bill

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

Whether the newly introduced congressional tax bill makes it out of the House of Representatives may very well depend on the votes of California Republicans. Recall that all 14 California Republican members of Congress voted for the budget bill that barely passed the House last week 216-212. A few Golden State GOP members changing their […]

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Villaraigosa, Business Support and Prop 13

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

Former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, in a recent gubernatorial debate, made it clear that he thinks changes should be considered to Proposition 13. Advocating for a change in law that would raise taxes on commercial property could put in jeopardy business support for his candidacy that seemed to be growing. Villaraigosa’s stance on Proposition […]

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The Gas Tax is Going Up—Treat or Trick?

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

How can anyone call a tax increase a “treat?” One would think increasing taxes on an essential product like gasoline is definitely a trick to fit today’s holiday theme. Of course, whether trick or treat depends on where one stands on the issue. If you are in infrastructure construction; if you believe improvements made to […]

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