Tax-Happy Session Ends; Could Have Been Worse

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


With the gas tax increase, the cap-and-trade extension, which many call a tax increase because it raises revenue for the government to spend, and now the document tax to fund housing issues, this legislative session probably produced the most tax-happy lawmakers since the 1935 legislature created both a state income tax and a vehicle license […]

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Turning up the Pressure on a Gas Tax Repeal

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


Anger over the increase in gas taxes has launched a second initiative to repeal the tax passed in April. Sources close to the drafting of this new measure say it will be well funded. Such a measure could have political implications beyond undoing the tax—one situation now and one if it makes the ballot. Polls […]

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Single Payer Health Care and the 2020 CA Primary

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


In the week that Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced his Medicare for All bill backed by a number of Democratic senators, including California’s Kamala Harris, the California legislature is moving a bill to jump the 2020 presidential primary in the Golden State from June to early March. The two items are closely connected. Deep blue California […]

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Trust-busting in the Silicon Valley

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


The ghost of Teddy Roosevelt and his trust-busting big stick hovers over Silicon Valley as calls for countering the concentrated power of dominate Internet companies grow louder. The most recent example is contained in a 70-page pamphlet issued by Bill Galston, a former Bill Clinton aide and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Bill […]

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Business Divide on SB 63, More Mandated Employee Leave

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


When the Assembly passed Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson’s SB 63 expanding California’s family leave program and guarantee job protection the Small Business Majority hailed the move in a press release claiming, “we know small business owners support these type of measures.” Apparently, not all small businesses agree. The National Federation of Independent Business/California said the […]

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Time to Play Ball with CEQA Reform

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


SB 798, the bill to give CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) exceptions to a proposed L.A. Clippers sports arena in Inglewood and transportation projects tied to L.A.’s 2028 Olympics, was put aside by the legislature. Too bad—but not for reasons you might think. Had the bill passed, it would have been another in a long […]

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Will the Center Hold? Look to Feinstein

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


Whether the center of California’s political scale has shifted dramatically will be measured by what happens if Senator Dianne Feinstein faces a challenge if she stands for re-election. Noted as a political centrist during her career as San Francisco supervisor, mayor and United States Senator, the political dynamics of California have altered over the 40-year […]

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DACA Pressure on CA GOP Representatives

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


“Pressure makes diamonds,” American General George S. Patton said. Pressure brought to bear on the DACA law may finally bring some immigration reform. California’s congressional members will be key to any solution. With President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy in six months and kick the concern to […]

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The Door Opens for Tax Increases

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


The California Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that tax limitations imposed by Proposition 218 in 1996 don’t cover taxes enacted by ballot initiatives. Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar wrote in the majority opinion that unlike Ulysses, who in Homer’s “Odyssey” tied himself to the mast to avoid the Sirens’ tempting song, voters did not tie themselves down when it comes […]

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A Late Bargaining Chip and Other Capitol Thoughts

Joel Fox

Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily


History is not on the side of Assembly Republicans who want to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to protect the two-thirds vote for special taxes following the California Supreme Court case announced this week that may have eviscerated that taxpayer protection. Too bad for outgoing minority leader Chad Mayes that the court case didn’t […]

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