For Education Poll, Knowledge Is Missing

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

Here’s what is missing in the latest Public Policy Institute of California poll on education: a test of the respondents knowledge on education funding. It is an understandable reaction to respond to questions about improving schools by adding more funding. That is generally what PPIC got in its new k-12 education poll. But, the reaction […]

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Whither the Tax Revolt?

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

Last autumn, I wondered both in a Wall Street Journal article and a Los Angeles Times piece if California’s tax revolt is dead. Given all the taxes that were passed by voters on the state and local level, the question was worth pondering. Now, the legislature has thrown its opinion into the mix by passing a $52 […]

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Progressive Policy Agenda Could Benefit with Advanced Primary Election

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

While the focus on Sen. Ricardo Lara’s bill to move California’s presidential primary from June to an earlier date so as to increase the state’s influence in presidential contests, there is an overlooked aspect to the change that could also advance the progressive state issues cherished by the majority in the California legislature. While moving […]

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Could a Dem v. Dem Governor’s Race Save Some Congressional Republicans?

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

Despite all the anti-Trump resistance in California that quickens the heartbeat of Democrats hoping to knock off a number of California’s congressional Republicans their survival hinges on turnout and just maybe could be influenced by California’s unique top two primary system. Just a theory here, but if the top-two primary delivers a Democrat vs Democrat […]

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Courts Jump on Revenue Raising Bandwagon

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

Tax and revenue increases are piling up on Californians–passed by voters, approved by legislators, and now the courts are getting into the act. On the same day that the legislature passed the $52 billion gas tax, California’s Third District Court of Appeal on a 2 to 1 vote upheld a lower court ruling that businesses paying […]

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Ugly Lawmaking on Display for All to See

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

Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made. Otto von Bismarck Californians saw the how gas tax sausage was made last night. Hopefully, they enjoyed the show because they will be paying for it to the tune of over $5 billion a year. Promises were made to a number of […]

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Howard Jarvis’s Ghost

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

Gov. Jerry Brown told Republican legislators at a hearing on his gas tax and vehicle fee increase proposal that their opposition occurred because they were “haunted by the ghost of Howard Jarvis.” It is the other way around. Howard Jarvis haunts Jerry Brown. Jarvis, lead author and advocate for Proposition 13, the 1978 tax cutting […]

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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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