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Sales Tax

September 11, 2019, 1pm PDT
The legal challenges to a one-cent sales tax approved by Hillsborough County voters in 2018 continue.
Tampa Bay Times
September 5, 2019, 2pm PDT
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.
Las Vegas Sun
August 13, 2019, 6am PDT
Cincinnati area voters might get a chance to decide the future of transit funding in the city of Cincinnati and the county of Hamilton.
WCPO
July 21, 2019, 1pm PDT
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.
Tampa Bay Times
October 30, 2018, 6am PDT
Yvette Lewis, who heads the Hillsborough NAACP, says the tax would not do enough to help those outside the city center.
Tampa Bay Times
August 13, 2018, 7am PDT
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.
Colorado Springs Gazette
June 24, 2018, 11am PDT
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.
Globe St.
September 1, 2017, 2pm PDT
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.
Planetizen
June 26, 2017, 9am PDT
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.
The Daily Journal
June 8, 2017, 11am PDT
Charles Marohn responds to Noah Smith's article asking why American Infrastructure is so expensive and delivers a plan to attack the problem.
Strong Towns
April 6, 2017, 1pm PDT
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.
KUOW
April 4, 2017, 10am PDT
While Atlanta gets ready for new transit service, its suburbs may not be so lucky.
Curbed Atlanta
December 13, 2016, 5am PST
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.
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
October 7, 2016, 1pm PDT
A sales tax resolution to support public transportation is slated for a vote in the Atlanta City Council.
Saporta Report
June 30, 2016, 7am PDT
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.
NJ.com
June 9, 2016, 11am PDT
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.
Planetizen
June 8, 2016, 11am PDT
Metro's first Quality of Life report measures the impact of the agency's transit investments since 2008.
The Source
May 30, 2016, 11am PDT
They could opt for a one percent, 30-year infrastructure tax, a .75 percent, 20-year transportation sales tax, approve both, or reject both. The two competing measures arise from differences between the county's 31 cities and county commissioners.
Sun Sentinel
April 16, 2016, 1pm PDT
Laura Bliss argues that rather than promise to reduce congestion, Los Angeles Metro should embrace its real beneficiaries: non-drivers.
CityLab
April 9, 2016, 1pm PDT
A sure way to turn out the vote in Eagle, Colorado: hold an election asking for a new sales tax to fund a whitewater play park on the local river. Voters overwhelmingly supported the project.
The Denver Post