CalPERS Return Rate Decision Could Lead To Tax Hikes

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

When California voters hear calls for tax increases in the near future they should think of pensions. That truth has never been clearer now that the California Public Employees’ Retirement System board voted to establish a more realistic return rate on its investments. The end result of this action is that state and local governments […]

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Model for CA GOP Gov. May Be Found in New England

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

The California gubernatorial election is 22 months away but already the media is filled with stories about the coming campaign. Given the superiority in Democratic voter registration in this state it is assumed that a Democrat will succeed Jerry Brown in the corner office. Yet, for Republicans there may be hope when witnessing the success […]

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Eric Holder to Save the CA Economy?

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

What caught my attention when legislative leaders hired former United States Attorney General Eric Holder was not the obvious rationale expected of the Democratic majority promising resistance to a Trump presidency on issues of immigration, climate change and health care, or even the need and expense for such a move considering the state Attorney General’s […]

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So Many New Laws with More to Come

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

As the new year begins, 900 statutes were added to California law books. If history is our guide—807 new laws last year, 950 the year before that–there will be hundreds of more laws added at the end of this year. Certainly, citizens can’t keep up with all these new laws, not to mention that lawmakers […]

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Black Bart Award Winner 2016—Kamala Harris, Symbol of New Democrats

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

The consensus pick for the 8th annual Fox and Hounds Daily’s Black Bart Award is soon to be U.S. Senator Kamala Harris. She took the prize not only for her achievement of capturing the senate seat vacated by Barbara Boxer, setting herself up as a prime antagonist to the potential moves of the new administration, […]

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Black Bart Award Nominee: Kevin McCarthy

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

As this year moved along there appeared to be a number of possible candidates for the annual Fox and Hounds Daily Black Bart Award. Then came the political earthquake on Election Day and everything looked different. Sure, Governor Jerry Brown held firm on the rudder of the good ship California, tamping down ambitious legislators so […]

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F&H Daily’s Eighth Annual Black Bart Award Week

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

For the past seven years frequent contributors to this page Joe Mathews, John Wildermuth and I have nominated candidates for Californian of the Year in the world of politics. We name the final selection the winner of the Black Bart Award. There are no specific criteria to follow in making the selection. Each author will […]

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The Voters Speak, The Legislature Interprets–Not Always Correctly

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

The voters speak, the legislature interprets—and sometimes the translation is not faithful to the original meaning. We saw that last week with resolutions and rules changes that seem to fly in the face of the newly passed Proposition 54 demanding a waiting period before any measure is passed and last session with SB 1107, which […]

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Economic Summit Tackles Upward Mobility

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

If any state needs to find a formula to spur upward mobility for its residents that state is California. Golden State citizens considered “economically fragile” number in the millions. In fact, with economically fragile defined as residents below the poverty line, just above the poverty line, or with incomes below the median income for their area […]

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Business Must Tout the Jobs Issue

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

Look at any survey about California policy and politics and one constant over the last number of years is that voters are concerned foremost about jobs and the economy. In the October Public Policy Institute of California poll, jobs and the economy was cited as the most important issue facing California and according to the […]

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