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Austin Stands Up To Corporate Bullying

A quote from Reuters on the Prop 1 debate that raged in Austin this week: “On-demand ride companies have spent millions of dollars ahead of a Saturday vote to overturn a measure mandating fingerprinting for their drivers in Austin, Texas, a sign they are willing to play hardball politics with cities pursuing such requirements.

Campaign finance records show that Ridesharing Works for Austin, a lobby group financed almost exclusively by Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and Lyft, had collected more than $8 million in contributions and spent $5.4 million in opposition of the fingerprint ordinance as of the end of April.

In contrast, the group backing fingerprinting had spent about $83,000 of its $100,000 in campaign contributions, the records show.”


I, for one, voted against Prop 1, and am proud to know that our city does not bow down to corporate bullying. Regardless of the details of the vote, it’s a significant win for those of us in the community who believe that Uber and Lyft are lecherous companies that don’t deserve to profit off of our city if they won’t play by the rules we make for a safer, smarter Austin.


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