Will the Pandemic Mean Fewer Bills and/or Fewer Laws?

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

In the post-coronavirus world, we are told things will change as people alter the way they do business taking lessons they learned during the lockdown. Does that apply to governing as well? The legislative process will change in the short term. Committee meetings may be limited or go to video, person-to-person lobbying, if it continues […]

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Opening the Economy? Ask Us How, Business Groups Tell Governors

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

Business groups from three western coastal states want to be involved in strategies to end the lockdown and open up the economy. From a California perspective, at least, it’s possible that the business coalition was formed because of fear that business concerns would be ignored  by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Task Force on Business and Jobs […]

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School Funding Challenges

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

The Public Policy Institute of California latest poll focused on the challenges facing education across the state. The information gathered gives a broad view of the education landscape although some follow-up questions would have been helpful to dig deeper on some of the issues, especially in the area of school funding.   Overall, the poll revealed […]

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How does 31% Unemployment Sound? Scary!

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

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation has taken a preliminary glimpse at what the employment situation would look like in May if the current pandemic lockdown is continued in the 10-county Southern California region. It isn’t pretty.  Slicing and dicing through the numbers at hand, LAEDC researchers estimate that the Southern California region will […]

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Gov.’s Task Force: Opening Business & Jobs or Changing the Business World?

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

There is a sense here that Governor Gavin Newsom’s Business and Job Recovery Task Force is set to go beyond just getting businesses open and people back to work by offering changes to the way business is done in California.  The Task Force announced last week is an unwieldy 80-member group of legislative leaders, CEOs, […]

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The Tax Question

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

(Editor’s Note: The following article originally ran in The Planning Report,  published by David Abel in Los Angeles. It contains some items from articles that previously ran in Fox and Hounds.) Against the background of the economically devastating coronavirus plague (not in any way to minimize the ultimate tragedy of lives lost), governments are trying […]

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Enforcing the New Normal; Beware Class Action Lawsuits

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

The New Normal, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom, will look quite different for restaurants, and stores with gloved and masked attendants, throw away menus, spacing protocols and health checks at the door. How will the rules be enforced?  A concern for the business community is that officials might turn to private litigation in a way […]

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COVID-19 Will Change Public Policy Debates

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

Experts tell us that reactions to COVID-19 will bring changes in how people live which in turn will affect public policy debates in California. Efforts to build denser housing communities, more public transportation, universal healthcare, and one-use plastic bags will be affected by coronavirus concerns. Already California’s move to eliminate single use plastic bags has […]

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If CA Goes to All Mail-In Ballots, What Happens to Those High-Tech Voting Machines?

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

The debate over mail-in ballots heated up because of the spreading coronavirus that has postponed state primaries and intensified a partisan divide about the security of mail-in ballots. But as California officials attempt to move elections to all mail-in participation, that begs the question: what happens to those new, expensive high-tech voting machines developed by […]

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Courts, Plagues and Politics

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

To the conspiracy minded, one might think when it comes to jurisprudence, the coronavirus plague is a scheme thought up by criminal justice reformers to advance their agenda. Consider the movements of late to reduce the number of prisoners and eliminate bail. Because of the coronavirus those things are happening now in California. The California […]

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