A possible sales tax hike and the future of LA transit

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Los Angeles County Supervisors unanimously voted to place a half-cent sales tax on the November ballot. The tax is aimed at making it easier to get around southern California, by generating at least $860 million per year for the county’s light rail network and other transit projects. The tax would continue to fund Metro projects indefinitely. And it needs a two-thirds vote to pass – a hurdle that concerns mass transit proponents, particularly because the ballot will be crowded with other tax initiatives for voters to decide on. Will voters be willing to approve a tax hike without an expiration date? And if so, how much will the proposed transit projects actually alleviate traffic in Los Angeles?

Credits

Guests:
Laura Nelson - Los Angeles Times - @laura_nelson, Michael Manville - UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Hosts:
Madeleine Brand, Steve Chiotakis

Producers:
Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Jolie Myers, Christian Bordal, Sarah Sweeney