by | Dec 19, 2019

A gushing article in the liberal publication Vox declared in September that a new California law that outlaws the use of contractors in many industries, is “a victory for workers everywhere.” Assembly Bill 5 was not “just another progressive victory…

by | Nov 14, 2019

Sacramento California has gained the obvious and well-earned reputation for having a regulatory environment that stifles innovation and restrains any company that comes up with new ideas. The most disturbing recent example is the passage of Assembly Bill 5, which…

by | Sep 16, 2019

Last Wednesday, California passed a new bill that will force “gig workers” for companies like Uber and Lyft to be reclassified as permanent employees rather than independent contractors. Proponents of the bill see the gig economy through a moralistic lens in which…

by | Apr 9, 2018

It’s like the old saying of city government goes: if at first you don’t succeed, tax something that is succeeding. Members of the Washington, D.C. government have suggested a way to prop up its failing Metro system while hamstringing its…

by | Mar 19, 2018

Following the publication of a paper authored primarily by Stanford professor Stephen Zoepf that suggested that Lyft and Uber drivers make a median hourly profit of $3.37, opponents of ridesharing quickly seized on the number. Major outlets such as NPR…

by | Aug 8, 2017

Seattle’s ordinance allowing Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize cleared a legal hurdle last week as a District Court judge dismissed an attempt by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to block the ordinance from being implemented. Supporters of the ordinance have justified…

by | May 31, 2017

Here in my home state of Connecticut, the legislature in Hartford has been trying to figure out how to regulate the mavericks on the block, Uber and Lyft, without driving traditional cab companies out of business. A recent piece in…

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