PPIC Poll: What do Voters Know?

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

An annual ritual around this time each year accompanies the Public Policy Institute of California poll release. PPIC asks voters how the state budget prioritizes spending and I point out that the poll respondents continually get the order wrong. Which begs the question: How much weight to put in the other responses recorded by the […]

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Calling the State Supreme Court—Tell Us What You Were Thinking

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

It is time for the California Supreme Court to clarify whether taxes that reach the ballot through citizen initiatives must receive a two-thirds vote to pass. This issue arose when the court decided a case on initiative tax increases in 2017. Whether the courts action meant that a two-thirds vote was necessary to pass local […]

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Changing Prop. 13 Could Worsen Housing Crisis.

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

For four decades, Proposition 13, the property tax reform that passed in 1978, has been blamed for many of the ills that have befallen California. Working with Howard Jarvis, a Proposition 13 co-author, and later running his taxpayers association, I have followed the multiple attacks on the measure, many silly and outrageous. Now the attacks […]

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Cost and Taxes in the Green Economy

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

The 12th annual Verdexchange Conference kicked off in Los Angeles this week with a discussion on how the recent election results will boost environmental politics and the green economy in California. But in the tradition of the old Rodney Dangerfield joke that, “I went to a fight the other night and a hockey game broke […]

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Harris would be Smart to Skip NH Primary

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

New Englanders tend to win the New Hampshire primary and with two well-known New England senators probably in the presidential race, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, California’s Kamala Harris would have an uphill battle there in her quest for the Democratic nomination. There is always the chance that Sanders and Warren […]

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California Scores in Milken Institute Best Performing Cities Study

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

The Milken Institute issued its annual best performing cities rankings and a number of California cities got high marks. But not all concerns often raised about the state of California cities were weighed in the report. Number one among those is pension liabilities. The Milken calculator measures a “metro areas economic performance using outcomes-based metrics […]

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A Missing Piece to the LAUSD Strike Settlement

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

One important piece missing from the settlement of the Los Angeles school strike was reforms of the pension and health benefit systems. Teacher salaries were increased; promises were made to hire new nursing and counselor staff and reduce class size. There was talk of the need for finding new revenue and dealing with charter schools. […]

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A False Carrot-and-Stick Solution on Housing

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

Lack of housing in California is a big problem. But, so is Gov. Gavin Newsom’s solution of withholding transportation money from local governments that do not hit housing goals. Newsom noted that cities and counties are required to plan enough housing to meet population increases. However, most local governments don’t meet the requirement. The carrot-and-stick […]

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Doubling the Earned Income Tax Credit

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

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposes to deal with the poverty issue in part by doubling the size of the Earned Income Tax Credit designed to put extra money in the pockets of low income workers. It’s a good idea and a worthy goal if the funding needs of the proposal can be met. Newsom has […]

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PG&E Bankruptcy Opens the Door for Municipal Utilities

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

PG&E’s bankruptcy declaration, liabilities, stock plunge, wrathful legislators, and possible criminal charges put the utility in a life and death situation. Many alternatives face lawmakers and regulators on how to work through the crisis for the company while at the same time attempting to spare ratepayers and to compensate, to the extent possible, victims of […]

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