SAN FRANCISCO - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's $40 billion sales tax measure moved closer to passage in the California Legislature late Wednesday.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved legislation that would raise the county's sales tax limit and allow voters to decide if they want to pay an extra half-cent sales tax to fund public transit and highway projects over the next 30 years. The MTA, known locally as Metro, has not yet said what portion of the money would back bonds versus pay-as-you-go projects.

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