Three States Legal Challenge Faces Hurdles

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

I’m not a fan of the Cal 3 States initiative filed by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Tim Draper and I’m not a legal scholar but I wonder if a court would reject a lawsuit filed to take the measure off the ballot before voters decide the question. On rare occasions, courts in California have removed qualified […]

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Judge Upholds Most Sanctuary Laws But Business Concern Mollified

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

As anticipated here after the hearing on California’s sanctuary state laws were argued in federal court, Judge John A. Mendez offered a split decision upholding the state’s ability to establish sanctuary laws but halting the state’s power to punish businesses for cooperating with federal immigration authorities. The Trump Administration filed suit against three California laws […]

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Big Gulp! A Soda Tax War is Coming

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

In the tit-for-tat battle over soda taxes, the ball is now in the industry’s court—how will it respond to the announcement that healthcare advocates plan to push a 2020 initiative to allow taxes on sodas? A soda tax ban came about because legislators, prompted by city officials and union representatives, agreed to a bill to […]

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Weaponizing the Initiative Process

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

Three ballot initiatives with enough signatures to qualify for the November election were pulled by the proponents when legislative deals were worked out satisfying the initiative sponsors. The initiatives were used as blunt instruments in forcing legislative compromise and in these three instances it worked. Expect to see more of that in the future. An […]

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Janus Decision Reverberates in California

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

Potentially, the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Janus vs AFSCME may reduce the powerful political influence public unions have exhibited over California policy and politics for some time. “May reduce” being the operative pair of words because that might not come to pass. In a 5-4 decision, the court concluded that public employees were […]

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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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