Deep in the Heart of Taxes

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

Tax day arrives in California with a large state budget surplus, a poll showing that 95% of likely voters don’t want higher taxes, yet a legislature full of proposals to raise taxes. We might reverse that old revolutionary cry of “No Taxation Without Representation” to “More Taxation Through Representation.” The litany of tax increase proposals […]

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Charter School Battle May End Up on the Ballot

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

Can charter schools regain momentum against the education establishment which wants to re-establish monopoly control over education? That would probably require more positive results for charters at the polls—and not simply candidate elections. The tide turned for charters in the recent election with teacher union backed candidates elected against charter supporters from the governor on […]

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Affordable Housing Not the Key to End Homeless Crisis

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

Politicians tell us if we can just build enough affordable housing, California’s difficult homeless situation would end. To that end they have encouraged voters to support tax increases while searching for legislative remedies to ease the crisis. Yet, a simple formula of affordable housing will not address the problem by itself. On Sunday’s version of […]

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Coming: A Clash of “Fair Share” Tax Increase Proposals Aimed at Business

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

The campaign to make the rich and corporations pay their so-called “fair share” in taxes marches on in California. One can hardly turn around without running into a politician or a spending interest advocate who demands that high-end taxpayers or corporations pay their “fair share” of taxes. In fact, there are so many different variants […]

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Treasurer Ma’s Rebuke of State Tax Authority Reawakens Idea of “Elected” Tax Officials

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

California Treasurer Fiona Ma’s appeal to Governor Newsom to intervene with the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) to prevent the pursuit of third-party small business sellers for back taxes is a just cause. But the fact that she has to appeal to the executive for relief highlights a concern raised two years […]

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Electric Scooters Data Collection a Prelude to Taxes?

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

As electric scooters become more prevalent around the state they face government regulation including the ability to collect data on the scooter’s use. While the data collection is controversial enough because it could reveal user’s personal habits, the problems related to scooter use and convenient data collection also could set up a scooter tax. While […]

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UCLA Rowers in South Carolina? Or Another Exemption for Sports Under CA Laws?

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

Does UCLA’s women’s rowing team have to pull out of the Clemson Invitational in South Carolina April 19 and 20? California Attorney General Xavier Becerra banned travel to South Carolina; the 10th state California has prohibited state-funded travel to because of perceived discrimination against the LGBTQ communities in those states. Or is another exemption from […]

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Voters Say They Pay Too Much in Taxes—But Vote for More

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

While a group of legislators push a constitutional amendment to lower the voting requirement for certain local taxes and bonds, voters told Public Policy Institute of California pollsters that they pay too much in local taxes. Maybe it is time they stop voting for some of the tax increases on the ballot. PPIC reported that […]

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Are Death Penalty Poll Results a Good Indicator of a Future Vote on the Issue?

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

If you take the results of Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) poll question on the death penalty at face value you could conclude that Gov. Gavin Newsom is a pretty persuasive fellow. The survey showed that all adults favor life imprisonment without the possibility of parole over the death penalty by two to one […]

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Oh No! The 2026 Gubernatorial Race is Already On!

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

The pace of competitive politics is picking up at breakneck speed. We haven’t had the 2020 presidential election yet, Gov. Gavin Newsom barely has begun his first term in office and yet at the Sacramento Press Club yesterday three women constitutional officers when asked by moderator Politico California’s Carla Marinucci if they were considering a […]

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