California counties have held nearly 100 elections over four decades to consider imposing local option sales taxes (LOSTs) to fund transportation programs. Most LOST propositions have been successful even when they required a two-thirds supermajority, and when other tax-related measures have failed badly. This webinar will review the history of these measures, present their major characteristics, their political implications, and examine how counties balance accountability to the voters against the need for flexibility to meet changing conditions. The authors have created a database containing information on failed and approved transportation LOSTs in the state and will describe how it can be accessed and used by researchers and practitioners.
Martin Wachs, Founding Director, Institute of Transportation Studies and the University of California Transportation Center
Jeremy Marks, Master of Urban and Regional Planning, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies
Romic Aevaz, Policy Analyst, Eno Center for Transportation