"Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage."
Last night, Liberty on the Rocks hosted "Austin Ridesharing: Drinks Debate, and Lots of Designated Drivers;" we were going to do a write up, but the local media coverage speaks for itself.
From Fox 7:
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From the Statesman:
The Lyft and Uber ride-sharing debate continued Wednesday night with several members of the pro-free market mindset casting stones at what some called the “taxi cartel.”Read the whole thing here.
The setting was cocktail hour at the upstairs barroom of Chicago House, where conservative foundations hosted a representative of the ride-sharing company Lyft. The company has faced some push-back as city officials continue to debate if and how companies like Lyft and Uber should be allowed to use cellphone apps to pair drivers looking to make an extra buck with willing passengers.
The chief speaker was attorney Larry Salzman with the libertarian law firm Institute for Justice. The firm has been involved with lawsuits involving drivers for companies like Lyft and Uber in Chicago, Tampa, Fla., and Milwaukee, Wis.
Lyft representative Scott Dunaway said ride-sharing companies empower willing drivers to earn a little extra cash on the side. That pursuit of prosperity, Salzman said, is a constitutional right.
Prior to speaking, Salzman said he could see litigation filed against the city of Austin if it works to limit or prohibit ride-sharing companies.
“There are good things happening in courts, there are good things happening in city councils, and in some cases in state legislatures,” he said.