Taxing Big Tech?

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

If the Proposition 15 commercial property tax increase remains behind and ultimately is rejected when all votes have been tabulated, pro-taxers in the legislature will look for other avenues to increase revenue. One such approach might be taxing big tech, which has weathered the pandemic storm better than most industries. Don’t be surprised if other […]

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California Legislature Rebuked by Voters

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

Measured against a number of statewide ballot propositions, the California legislature apparently has a different vision on governing the state than the people they serve. Importantly, two measures that challenged legislative actions intended to lead policy change across the nation were upended by voters. A couple of ballot questions placed on the ballot by the […]

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The Crime Issue Isn’t What It Used To Be in California

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

Once upon a time, only three decades ago, crime and punishment were a powerful political message in California. No more. Results of the November election indicate that voters are looking for different avenues to deal with crime and punishment issues. The state that pioneered the Three Strikes movement and built new prisons to accommodate many […]

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Unions Struggle with Ballot Measures

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

As often noted by political observers, public and private sector unions are strong political forces in California. While they may have once again supported candidates to their liking up and down the ballot, as this is written they have not been as successful wielding their influence on voters through ballot measures. Let’s add the proper […]

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It’s Election Day: What we’re looking at

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

It’s decision day for candidate and policy issues in California and many questions that have surfaced over the last few months will be decided by the voters, which will give us a good read where California stands, at least for the time being. What we are wondering about? Will Proposition 13 stand up against a […]

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Are Elected Officials Leaders? A Test is Coming

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

When individuals are elected to office, they envision themselves as leaders, that the people will follow in the direction they, as leaders, lay out. But that is not always the case and the latest test for many California elected officials comes on Election Day.  On the statewide ballot, voters will decide four measures put before […]

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Stubborn Coronavirus Leads to Homelessness as Top Concern for LA County Businesses

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

The Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) released data from its annual survey and produced a surprise in businesses’ top concern. Knocking taxes and fee as the top concern after nine consecutive years was the problem of homelessness. Three-quarters of the 371 businesses responding to the survey said that homelessness was an extremely critical concern. […]

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Poll: Voters Agree that Proposition 15 is First Step in Undoing Prop 13 for Homeowners

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

UC Berkeley’s Institute of Government Studies’ (IGS) poll asked voters if Proposition 15, the initiative to raise taxes on commercial property, would be the first step in making “similar” changes in the Proposition 13 property tax restrictions for homes. Voters agreed by a solid 56% to 19% margin with 25% undecided. While Proposition 15 enjoys […]

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DiFi and the Test of Time

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

Perhaps nothing in the California political scene is more telling about the change state politics has seen over the last couple of decades than the attitude toward United States Senator Dianne Feinstein. She has gone from a position as the most respected California politician to one who is polarizing within her own majority party. Will […]

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Despite Concerns, Initiative Process is Here to Stay

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

For its October poll, the Public Policy Institute of California tested support for California’s initiative process. In a series of four questions the pollsters asked voters if they were satisfied with the initiative process, if the process was controlled by special interests, if there are too many propositions on the ballot, and if initiative wording […]

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