A Missing Piece to the LAUSD Strike Settlement

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

One important piece missing from the settlement of the Los Angeles school strike was reforms of the pension and health benefit systems. Teacher salaries were increased; promises were made to hire new nursing and counselor staff and reduce class size. There was talk of the need for finding new revenue and dealing with charter schools. […]

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A False Carrot-and-Stick Solution on Housing

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

Lack of housing in California is a big problem. But, so is Gov. Gavin Newsom’s solution of withholding transportation money from local governments that do not hit housing goals. Newsom noted that cities and counties are required to plan enough housing to meet population increases. However, most local governments don’t meet the requirement. The carrot-and-stick […]

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Doubling the Earned Income Tax Credit

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

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposes to deal with the poverty issue in part by doubling the size of the Earned Income Tax Credit designed to put extra money in the pockets of low income workers. It’s a good idea and a worthy goal if the funding needs of the proposal can be met. Newsom has […]

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PG&E Bankruptcy Opens the Door for Municipal Utilities

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

PG&E’s bankruptcy declaration, liabilities, stock plunge, wrathful legislators, and possible criminal charges put the utility in a life and death situation. Many alternatives face lawmakers and regulators on how to work through the crisis for the company while at the same time attempting to spare ratepayers and to compensate, to the extent possible, victims of […]

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Exporting California’s Redistricting Change

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

It is an old adage that California is a bellwether for the nation. Policy changes that happen here often flow eastward from tax revolts to climate strategies. Newly elected governor Gavin Newsom boldly predicted that recent California policies are the future for the rest of the country. Time will tell, but the idea that California […]

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Cautious Paddling on the First Budget

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

In looking at Governor Gavin Newsom’s first budget and the reaction to it, it appears that former Gov. Jerry Brown’s famous canoe has not been retired. There was a little paddling on the left (more money for education, homelessness, and health issues) and paddling on the right (boosting the rainy day fund and one-time funds […]

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It’s the Picket Line Versus the Bottom Line in the Coming LA School Strike

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

Barring a last minute deal or court decision, there will be a teacher’s strike tomorrow in Los Angeles. Each side has their own view of the school district’s fiscal health and its ability to raise salaries and hire new teachers, nurses and counselors. But the teachers have the upper hand in an effort to rally […]

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An Inaugural Day that Jumbles Fiscal Stewardship and Costly Promises

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

In his inaugural address, Governor Gavin Newsom promised his administration would be “prudent stewards of taxpayer dollars.” But he raised challenges to that approach immediately not only in the speech, but also with his first post-inaugural pronouncements on expanding health care programs. In his address, Newsom promised to “launch a Marshall Plan for affordable housing […]

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Welcome Back Legislators. Now Cut Down on the Lawmaking

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

Today’s column is easy to write because I’m actually pulling up a column I think is worth repeating when welcoming legislators back to the capital. Don’t drown us with so many new laws. In fact, spend some time getting rid of old ones. No one can possibly keep up with all the bills that actually […]

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Jerry Brown Bookends

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

Like many Californians I came from someplace else. On my last stop before entering California in Las Vegas , I remember looking into a sidewalk newspaper box (remember those?) to read the headline that Jerry Brown was just elected to his first term as governor of California. As he prepares to leave the governor’s office […]

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