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MPC testimony to the Illinois House Mass Transit Committee

Peter Skosey, MPC vice president of external relations, testified before Rep. Julie Hamos' committee on October 9, 2007, to discuss transit funding options.

Mass transit in northeastern Illinois has traditionally been funded by the state’s sales tax and transit fares. The proposal the Illinois legislature has been debating during the 95th General Assembly allows a modest increase of .25 percent, coupled with an increase in Chicago’s real estate transfer tax to fund mass transit. Fifteen of the nation’s largest public transit systems rely on a dedicated sales tax for their operations. New York and New Jersey employ the real estate transfer tax to fund transit and have a sliding scale to protect lower income home-buyers; the fee is only assessed on personal residences of $1 million or more. Despite this rational proposal, the debate about transit investments remains stalled.

Download Peter Skosey's testimony about transit funding options presented to the Illinois House Mass Transit Committee on Oct. 9, 2007.

Download MPC's Transit Funding Fact Sheet, a compendium of the most viable options, recommended by various regional organizations.

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