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Tue Aug 23, 2016, 10:22 AM

Massachusetts to tax ride-hailing apps, give the money to taxis

Massachusetts to tax ride-hailing apps, give the money to taxis

Massachusetts is preparing to levy a 5-cent fee per trip on ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft and spend the money on the traditional taxi industry, a subsidy that appears to be the first of its kind in the United States.

Republican Governor Charlie Baker signed the nickel fee into law this month as part of a sweeping package of regulations for the industry.

Ride services are not enthusiastic about the fee.

"I don't think we should be in the business of subsidizing potential competitors," said Kirill Evdakov, the chief executive of Fasten, a ride service that launched in Boston last year and also operates in Austin, Texas.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-massachusetts-uber-idUSKCN10U1ST


This is about the worst thing since the Kelo v New London decision.

Even if one does not approve of ride hailing apps that the government would take legally earned income from one legitimate private commercial enterprise and give it to another, competing private for-profit enterprise ought to have everyone up in arms. This is as much a threat to everyone as the Kelo decision.

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Nuclear Unicorn Aug 2016 OP
GummyBearz Aug 2016 #1
FLPanhandle Aug 2016 #2
Gormy Cuss Aug 2016 #3

Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Original post)

Tue Aug 23, 2016, 10:26 AM

1. Yea pretty stupid

 

Next thing there will be a special tax on any can of coke sold in order to subsidize pepsi

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Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Original post)

Tue Aug 23, 2016, 10:29 AM

2. Taxing users of one business to give money to another private company?

WTF?

I could understand if the money went to public transportation, but to the owners of another company? Someone got paid off for that deal.

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Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Original post)

Tue Aug 23, 2016, 11:12 AM

3. Ride-share services should just be held to the same regs as taxis.

This fee seems to be a bribe to allow them to operate without the inspection and fee requirements. It's a big savings for Uber et ala.

Leave it to a GOPer.

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