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Would you pay $33.33 to fund the 'Subway to the Sea?'

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Steve Hymon at the LA Times is asking if anyone out there has any ideas for funding the 'subway to the sea', which is estimated to cost around $5-billion. The scary thing about even just $1-billion is that it equals out to one thousand x one million. So to fund the Purple Line, you've got to dole out $1-million dollars five-thousand times over. Eek!

So here is one crazy idea:

Sure, simple math dictates that 4-million people (roughly the population of Los Angeles) being taxed a one-time fee of $1250 solves the problem. But that's unrealistic for many reasons. So what about breaking it down to something realistic, even if overly simplistic? Spread it out to a 10-year tax and you've got $125/year. 25 years is $50/year. And rudimentary math proves $25 a year per resident means 50 years.

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If we are still funding or paying money back for the Purple Line in 50 years, I'm going to shoot myself. Therefore, I'm scratching that idea out of existence.