A Push for Taxes to Fill the Budget Hole?

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

Gov. Gavin Newsom did not include a broad tax increase to help balance the state’s budget but that doesn’t mean we will not see attempts by the legislature to raise taxes.  Such a big hit to the economy that led to the $54 billion budget problem is not the time to increase taxes. If the […]

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Local Governments Looking for Revenue are Watching the CA Supreme Court

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

While state and local governments try to figure how to deal with lost revenue to cover expenses, one solution may come from an unusual source. While taxpayers, the federal government, budget gimmicks and borrowing may all play a part in balancing state and local budgets, California governments anxiously await a decision on pension obligations from […]

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Plans Aplenty to Boost State & Local Government Revenue. Will Any of Them Fly?

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

Proposals to deal with state and local financial woes in California are moving on both the state and federal levels. How doable the proposals are is uncertain, but the more immediate relief will come from Washington if a deal comes together.  California Senate Democrats’ proposal to confront rental issues and state budget shortfalls came one […]

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Can the Gov. Do That? Changing Workers’ Comp with a Signature

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

In 2004 I played a key role in changes to the workers compensation system in California by carrying an initiative that was ultimately embraced by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and used to convince the legislature to make important changes to the system that was threatening the viability of the business community. If the legislature had not […]

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Business Leaders to the Governor: Time to Flatten the Unemployment Curve

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

As Governor Gavin Newsom was offering guidelines that allows businesses to begin opening their doors, many business leaders sent the governor recommendations on how to quickly but safely get the California economy humming again. Some of the policy proposals are controversial and run headlong into positions held by labor unions but the recommendations are designed […]

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Who Has the Post Pandemic Advantage in Policy Debates?

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

When the usual debates pick up as the coronavirus crisis eases, will one side in the endless tugs-of-war that roil policy arguments have a new advantage? It may depend on the battleground—Washington or Sacramento.  Public employees who went to work in the heart of the crisis–first responders, health care workers–will they get more respect and […]

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Uber and Lyft Fight over AB 5 will be resolved in November

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

The lawsuit filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and three city attorneys aimed at punishing Uber and Lyft for misclassifying workers and getting benefits for drivers will not be the final word on AB 5. That will come in November when the voters of California decide on an initiative that declares Uber and Lyft […]

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Don’t Dismiss the Protests

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

Despite rallies against stay-at-home orders popping up all over California there is a tendency to dismiss protestors as a small slice of the electorate, especially in light of recent polls that show backing for Governor Newsom’s handling of the coronavirus crisis at 70% approval. Yet, the protests should be viewed like a political canary in […]

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Some Optimism on the Economy

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

On the heels of reports on how hard the United States economy was hit in the first quarter of the year along with new and greater unemployment numbers and predictions that the next quarter will also be produce depressing statistics, I thought on this Friday it would be good to see there are new optimistic […]

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Density Debate is Shifting Ground Because of the Pandemic

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

Despite Sen. Scott Wiener’s failure to put across his plans for denser housing along transportation routes, the movement still was gathering steam and Wiener and his supporters continue to push ahead. However, the pandemic crisis throws up a formidable roadblock. Density is the opposite of distancing which health experts assert is the way to reduce […]

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