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'Subway' Sales-Tax Moves Forward; Web Site Launched

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Somehow, someway the politicians have managed to get a half-cent transportation sales tax on the brink of being on the November ballot. Called Measure R, the sales tax has been approved by both houses of our state's legislature, reports Steve Hymon on his transportation blog in the Los Angeles Times. Now, the governor must sign it—but Schwarzenegger has said he won't sign any legislation until the state's budget is hammered out (it's currently over two months late). Schwarzenegger wants to add one cent to the sales tax to balance the budget, and if he gets his way, it would be that much tougher to convince voters to back a half-cent sales tax in LA County. Drama! For more info on Measure R, Metro has a new website for your perusing. [LA Times]