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Sales Tax Increase for Public Transit to Cost $25 Annually

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As an assembly bill that would enable Metro to put a half-cent sales tax increase on November's ballot makes its way towards the state Senate this month, a report released from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) said that such an increase would only cost people $25 extra per year (if the sales tax rate goes up, it will go from 8.25% to 8.75%, "translating to an extra 50 cents in taxes for every $100 you spend on goods and service," says Road Sage Steve Hymon).

Additionally, the $1 billion raised each year by the tax would pay for transit projects such as the Westside Extension ("Subway to the Sea") and Gold Line Extension while generating $32 billion in local economic activity and creating employment equivalent to 210,000 full-time, year-long jobs spread over a 30-year construction period, says Metro.

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But for all this to happen, three major approvals must happen. First, in order for Metro to be allowed to propose increasing the tax, law must be changed. Therefore, Assemblyman Mike Feuer, who represents parts of Hollywood, the Westside and the Valley, has submitted AB2321 that would enable Metro to put the half-cent sales tax increase on the ballot.