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Airport Pickups an Early Question of a Gig Economy

For the Providence Journal, Jim Hummel has an article and video report on T.F. Green’s minimum charge for short-term parking and requirement for ride-sharing drivers (from, e.g., Uber and Lyft) to pick up in that lot:

Taking the statements of everybody in the report at face value, there are certainly two sides to the story.  The airport has to operate on its own revenue, and ride-sharing is eating into that revenue, so the money has to come from somewhere.

That said, accommodations could surely be found so that ride-sharing drivers could pick up closer to the door and under shelter.  The fee for pickups is a matter of negotiation, but convenience is a matter of protectionism.

Moreover, these are questions that we’re going to have to figure out how to answer, because technology is going to keep disrupting old arrangements like exclusive access for a single taxi company.


When People Get to See What Was in the Bill

If by some chance you haven’t seen the video below, by all means watch it.  Here’s the quick summary by David French:

… CBS talked to three different families in three very different financial circumstances — a single mom in North Carolina who makes less than $40,000 per year, a married couple in Rhode Island with no kids who make $150,000 per year, and California parents with three kids who make more than $300,000. Each family gets a break – which shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s closely followed the details of the tax plan. But two of the families thought their taxes would be higher.

Procedurally, we’ve seen a lot of comparisons between the GOP’s tax cut and the passage of ObamaCare, but the direction is entirely different, thanks to the mainstream media’s converse activism in both cases.  Some parts of ObamaCare proved popular, but they were well advertised.  The surprises were the things that folks were told would not happen, like losing plans and doctors that they liked.

With the tax cut, the surprise will be that most people will actually see a decrease in their taxes.  If the plan delivers on stronger economic growth, as well, public opinion could not just improve, but flip.