L.A. Area Chamber Statement on L.A. County Board of Supervisors Decision to Deny Transportation Sales Tax Initiative Spot on November Ballot


August 5, 2008

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is disappointed in the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ decision to oppose placing the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro) board approved half-cent sales tax measure on the November 4, 2008 election ballot to fund vital transportation projects throughout the county.

“Nearly every workday begins with a discussion about traffic,” said Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.  “Voters should be allowed to consider all potential solutions including a half-cent sales tax increase to fund transportation projects.”

The L.A. Area Chamber Board of Directors has not taken an official position on the county-wide half-cent sales tax, but it has voiced strong support for putting the final decision in the hands of voters this fall.  The tax is projected to generate up $40 billion in new revenue over 30 years for transportation projects in Los Angeles County ranging from light-rail, to rapid bus service to highway improvements.  

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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.


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