Sales Tax

Close-up of red and blue MetroTransit bus stop sign against blue sky and green tree in New Hope, Minnesota

Minnesota Mayors Call for Increased Transit Funding

An op-ed by three mayors explains their support for expanded transit services, calling for a sales tax increase that would fund a modernized, reliable transit network.

May 7, 2023 - MinnPost

Boston Housing

A Land Use and Development Playbook For Value-Capture and Creating Currency For Local Community Development

Larry Kosmont shares what cities need to do to meet escalating state requirements; add housing density; fix shopping centers; replace sales tax; pay for constituent services; plan for the future; and capture value created by economic restructuring.

March 28, 2022 - VerdeXchange News

New York Subway

Op-Ed: NYC Transit Service Cuts Wrong Way to Bolster Budget

The agency could see an influx of capital funds from congestion pricing, but cuts to bus and rail service to make up for budget shortfalls would result in long-term setbacks to the system.

September 26, 2019 - Crain's New York Business

TECO Line Streetcar System

Florida House Trying to Prevent Voter-Approved Transportation Tax

The legal challenges to a one-cent sales tax approved by Hillsborough County voters in 2018 continue.

September 11, 2019 - Tampa Bay Times

Las Vegas Sprawl

Sales Tax to Fund Water Projects Extended in Las Vegas Region

The Clark County Commission is extending a sales tax, created in 1998, which could have drawn to a close after raising $2.3 billion or the year 2025, whichever came first. The tax will remain in place indefinitely.

September 5, 2019 - Las Vegas Sun


Swapping One Tax for Another to Fund Bus Improvements

Cincinnati area voters might get a chance to decide the future of transit funding in the city of Cincinnati and the county of Hamilton.

August 13, 2019 - WCPO

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority

Tampa's 'All for Transportation' Sales Tax Clears Post-Election Obstacles

The "All for Transportation" sales tax in Hillsborough County, Florida, survived a revolt and legal challenge from conservative county commissioners, despite earning 57 percent of the public vote.

July 21, 2019 - Tampa Bay Times

Hillsborough River

NAACP Leader Opposes Tampa Bay Sales Tax for Transit

Yvette Lewis, who heads the Hillsborough NAACP, says the tax would not do enough to help those outside the city center.

October 30, 2018 - Tampa Bay Times

Commons Park, Denver

Denver to Raise Sales Tax on Marijuana to Double Funds for Affordable Housing

As Denver continues to grow, the cost of housing in the city remains high for many. In response, the city plans to build 6,000 affordable units over the next five years.

August 13, 2018 - Colorado Springs Gazette

Supreme Court Statue

Did the Supreme Court End the 'Retail Apocalypse'?

The decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair certainly didn't hurt traditional retailers, but they're still going to have to help themselves in the face of competition from online retail.

June 24, 2018 - Globe St.

Oregon Launches EV Rebates Funded by Auto Sales Tax

Oregon is one of five states that has no sales tax, but that will change on January 1, with Gov. Kate Brown's signature on a landmark transportation funding bill that applies a half-cent sales tax to auto sales and increases gas taxes by 10 cents.

September 1, 2017 - Planetizen


Three Bay Area Counties May Decide Whether to Support Caltrain with Sales Tax Measure

The oldest commuter rail line west of the Mississippi is also unique in another way—it lacks a dedicated source of operating revenue. Legislation has been introduced to allow Peninsula counties to vote to increase sales taxes by 0.125 percent.

June 26, 2017 - The Daily Journal

NYC Subway Construction

Why U.S. Infrastructure Is Too Expensive: Localities Have Too Little Control

Charles Marohn responds to Noah Smith's article asking why American Infrastructure is so expensive and delivers a plan to attack the problem.

June 8, 2017 - Strong Towns

Homeless Services

Sales Tax, Not Property Tax, Preferred Funding Tool for Seattle's Homeless Crisis

Seattle's King County is home to an estimated 10,000 unsheltered homeless people. Local officials are trying to figure out how to raise the funds to address the crisis.

April 6, 2017 - KUOW

Atlanta Subway

MARTA Surveying Residents on Expanded Transit Service in Atlanta

While Atlanta gets ready for new transit service, its suburbs may not be so lucky.

April 4, 2017 - Curbed Atlanta

Amazon Fresh Truck

Amazon Weakening Communities and Local Governments, Report Finds

Amazon is placeless. The company doesn't have a physical presence, create jobs, or pay taxes in most of the places where it does business — and it's having a profound impact on the health of cities and towns, a new report finds.

December 13, 2016 - Institute for Local Self-Reliance


Atlanta Moves Toward Resolution on Sales Taxes to Support Equitable Transportation

A sales tax resolution to support public transportation is slated for a vote in the Atlanta City Council.

October 7, 2016 - Saporta Report

Low Gas Prices

New Jersey Assembly Approves Bipartisan Plan to Raise Gas Tax 23 Cents

New Jersey's 14.5-cent state gas tax, second lowest after Alaska's, may increase 23 cents thanks to a deal worked out between Assembly Democratic and Republican leaders and Gov. Chris Christie that reduces the sales tax. It now goes to the Senate.

June 30, 2016 -

Golden Gate

Bay Area Election Roundup: Wetlands, Housing, Ballot-Box Planning, Sales Tax

A regional measure to tax all property owners in the 9-county Bay Area to adapt to sea level rise passes; S.F. voters support raising the affordable housing bar; Richmond voters reject ballot-box planning; San José approves sales tax increase.

June 9, 2016 - Planetizen

Los Angeles Metro

Los Angeles Metro Releases First Quality of Life Report

Metro's first Quality of Life report measures the impact of the agency's transit investments since 2008.

June 8, 2016 - The Source

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