Gas Tax Plan is Not Only about Fixing the Roads

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

Assemblyman Vince Fong added a twist to the gas tax increase debate releasing comments from the Legislative Analyst on the potential increase in fuel prices if the cap-and-trade law extends beyond 2020. After answering Fong’s questions about the effects of cap-and-trade, the LAO made additional comments, which reminded readers of a key element behind the […]

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Prop 13 Gets Roped into the Housing Debate

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

The discussion on the state’s housing crisis hosted by the California Realtors Association in Los Angeles last week eventually got around to Proposition 13—as you knew it would. As I reported, there was some agreement among panelists on solutions to the housing crisis but agreement melted away when the famous property tax measure became part of […]

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State Gas Tax Plan Following Path of Federal Health Care Bill

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

The governor and legislative leaders came out from behind closed doors with a transportation tax and road fix plan and demand to pass the measure through the legislature in one week. Feels a lot like the federal experience with the health care reform bill. And, like that measure, despite one party controlling the executive and […]

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Unscrambling the Housing Crisis

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

California’s housing crisis is the biggest issue for the business community, low-income residents and middle class workers according to a disparate group of panelists taking part in a session sponsored by the California Association of Realtors’ Center for California Real Estate on Tuesday. The Los Angeles event included Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business […]

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Business Split on Transportation Tax Increase

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

The governor and legislature barreled ahead with their tax and vehicle registration fee increase proposal for road repair with little compromise that would use more currently collected revenues for the roads. The plan offers some accountability language and a constitutional amendment to protect the new taxes from being spent on other than transportation needs. But […]

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Bond Transparency 

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

Bonds are not free money. The question is: do voters know that when they vote on bonds? If you follow bond election campaigns you know that in most cases supporters of bonds don’t tell voters that state bonds obligate money from the General Fund or that local bonds raise taxes. It is time for transparency […]

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There Ought to Be a Law…That is Ignored

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

UCLA basketball is facing Kentucky in the Sweet 16 tonight in Memphis, Tennessee. Eyebrows were raised when the trip to Tennessee was justified despite a state law that prohibits California tax-supported individuals from traveling to certain states blackballed because those states passed laws tabbed discriminatory by California politicians. Tennessee has a law that allows therapists […]

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Poll: Jobs, Regulations, Taxes and Trains

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

Many business people have raised concerns over excessive regulations hampering business growth and job creation. However, at first glance, it appears that California voters don’t make the connection between regulations and job creation in a new Public Policy Institute of California survey. According to the poll, a plurality of likely voters and all adults picked […]

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What Kind of Compromise is Key to Fixing Roads?

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

At a press event for the Fix Our Roads coalition on Monday, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti called on legislators to compromise on legislation to fix the state’s roads and highways. But what kind of compromise is needed to secure funding? Is compromise contemplated to include Republican ideas, or is compromise just between the Democratic […]

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Gorsuch on Direct Democracy

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

While partisan wrangling kicked off the hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination, an interesting sidebar is Gorsuch’s take in a case followed closely on this site that ultimately could affect California’s oft-used initiative power. A little refresher: A case out of Colorado has been kicking around for years that challenges a successful initiative […]

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