Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Seattle takes aim at the gig economy

Following Hillary Clinton's lead in calling out the gig economy,

The sharing economy—bolstered by high-flying start-ups including Uber, Airbnb and Lyft—allows individuals to share products and services like offering homes and apartments for rent, or driving passengers to destinations. The small tasks often are brokered through mobile smartphone apps, and the platforms connect freelancers with available short-term gigs.

the city council of Seattle has just voted to allow Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize:

In a statement after the vote, a spokeswoman for Lyft said that the ordinance passed would threaten the privacy of drivers, impose costs on passengers and the city and conflict with federal law.

This reminds me of one of my favorite Reagan critiques of progressive policy
If it Moves, Tax it. If it Keeps Moving, Regulate it. And if it Stops Moving, Subsidize it.
HT: Sarah

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