Two-Thirds Vote Needed for Some Local Taxes? Who Knows?

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

Does it take a two-thirds vote or a majority vote of the people to raise local taxes placed on the ballot via the initiative process?  Answer: No one knows—yet. Like many policy debates, it will take a state Appeals Court or the California Supreme Court to decide. Uncertainty already existed over the vote requirement for […]

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Like Ending a TV Drama, the Legislature needs to tie up Loose Ends before Shutting Down

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

One might look at the last week of the legislative session like the last episode of a TV series. The job of the performers, writers and producers is to tie up loose ends in many of the story lines, and there are many story lines under the Capitol dome that beg for an ending.  By […]

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Legislature: Beat Up Trump if You Must, but Fix SB 1

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

In the California legislature, standing up for the environment while taking a shot at the Trump Administration is business as usual. But when business as usual casts a wide net that comes with consequences that can interfere with the state’s agriculture and the state’s economy then legislators should have second thoughts. Such is the situation […]

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On SB 276, What Will Gavin Newsom Do? Maybe he should Consult Cotton Mather

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

Now that SB 276, which tightened the law to prevent children from avoiding vaccinations, has passed the question is: What Will Gavin Do? Gov. Newsom seems to have been moved by arguments made by opponents of the bill, twice raising objections that would need to be alleviated, even though he indicated he would sign the […]

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Future of Work Commission and the Shadow of AB 5

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

Gov. Gavin Newsom created a crystal ball commission to look into the future of how the nature of work will change in California. There will be agendas at work on the commission, with union organizations heavily represented.  Can the commission fairly focus on how the future of work will develop and should develop, or will […]

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2020 Election Fireworks will be provided by Ballot Propositions

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

Ballot questions, not candidate races, are destined to dominate voters’ interest in California’s November 2020 elections. Candidate races are very predictable at this time in the state. Democrats have a huge registered voter advantage and are likely to sweep away any challenges to their current dominance, while the presidential preference race in the Golden State […]

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The “Gathering Storm” of a Big Ballot Battle

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

If you don’t think the coming split roll measure on the November 2020 ballot intended to raise business property taxes is going to be a lollapalooza of a battle, you have not picked up the signs. To use a Churchill-like title the British Prime Minister put on the first volume of his World War II […]

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Business as the Bad Guy

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

American popular culture is fond of labeling business executives and corporate greed as the source of what is wrong with this country. The idea is not confined to movies that frequently portray a big business exec as the villain but has taken over state and local lawmaking and some presidential campaigns, as well.  Examples abound. […]

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Maybe California Should Buy Nevada

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

Blending a couple of disparate recent news stories could produce a solution to a situation some California legislators find disturbing. Let’s start with the answer and work backward: California should buy Nevada, or maybe lease it for a while. Step back. Think of the recent noise raised about President Trump’s suggestion that the United States […]

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Changing the Recycling Process Could Bring New Taxes

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

You can see it coming from a mile away. While the recycling program in California teeters on the precipice, expect solutions to fix it will involve more spending, including taxes. The California Redemption Value, identified on your sales slip as CRV, is a fee placed on bottlers and canners that is passed through eventually to […]

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