SAN FRANCISCO - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's $40 billion sales tax measure has been caught in a traffic jam. It's unclear whether the 30-year, half-cent sales tax will make it to the November ballot.

The board of the MTA, known as Metro, approved the sales tax referendum last month. But state lawmakers have yet to increase the county's sales tax limit to allow the vote, and the county Board of Supervisors this week refused to put the measure on the ballot because some supervisors said their districts wouldn't get enough funding.

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