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Villaraigosa Happy with Measure R Report... Obviously

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa last week stood behind an independent study on the local economy and job force affects of the transportation sales tax approved by voters in 2008. “When the voters of Los Angeles County decided to tax themselves through Measure R, they put in motion a vision for better transit, green job creation, and clean air," he said.

The study published by the non-profit L.A. County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) was a good boost for Villaraigosa's 30/10 Plan, which accelerates 30 years of transportation projects into 10. In all, 12 or the many Measure R projects would be completed.

The study concluded that Measure R could create 500,000 jobs and $68.8 billion in economic output. "We can realize 165,000 of them in the next ten years," noted Villaraigosa. "In light of the recession, unemployment, and deteriorating budget, we can’t get those jobs fast enough."