The 2011 tax hikes cost the state economy $55.8 billion in real GDP from 2012-2016.View Report
One alderman with strong ties to the traditional taxicab industry has suggested raising fees on ridesharing to fill the growing budget gap.
The ordinance was pushed through committee by taxi industry ally Alderman Anthony Beale, 9th Ward.
It’s no secret Chicago aldermen aren’t friendly to outsider businesses and innovative industries. Here’s a look at some of the most egregious examples from 2016.
A new ordinance would ban all cars with autonomous technology from Chicago, preventing Uber from expanding the fleet of self-driving vehicles it recently introduced in Pittsburgh.
The city will require rideshare drivers to complete an online course before hitting the road, and will allow ridesharing platforms such as Uber and Lyft to continue conducting their own background checks.
The city of Evanston offers a path forward for governments to level the playing field between traditional taxis and ridesharing.
In the face of fleeing residents, the Chicago City Council has chosen to add more and more layers of regulation instead of reforming.
Chicago City Council is one vote away from enacting punishing rules that could force the popular platforms out of the Windy City.
Chicago aldermen, some of whom receive financial support from the taxicab industry, are looking to burden Uber and Lyft drivers with expensive chauffer’s licenses.
Chicagoans know new revenues won’t be used to pay for better roads, classrooms or public safety – these tax hikes won’t even fix what’s ailing the city’s bottom line.