OPINION: Los Angeles could be pulling a little sales tax sleight of hand

Los Angeles officials are considering a sales tax increase to generate $90 billion in new funds for transportation, but many parts of the plan may not be what they seem, writes Susan Shelley in the Los Angeles Daily News.  Pending legislation may allow officials to pass the tax with a 55% vote instead of the two thirds currently required.  Furthermore, jobs created may be inaccessible to many citizens and the funds could be used for unexpected purposes such as developer subsidies.

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