One Seattle Politician Explains Why She Voted To Regulate Uber

Here’s an example for those looking to stifle innovation, from the People’s Republic of Seattle, WA.
And to think, I always thought that the Lenin statue in Fremont was there for reasons besides art and irony.

TechCrunch

Prominent tech leaders flooded Twitter with outrage at Seattle’s decision to severely limit the number of private ride-sharing drivers from companies  such as Uber and Lyft “Corruption. Literally. Seattle’s politicians are corrupt,” wrote early Twitter investor and Obama supporter, Chris Sacca. “Wow. Seattle. You’ve lost your mind. This is how you fall behind in innovation,” tweeted Box founder, Aaron Levie.

Is this a clear-cut case of public corruption to protect a powerful political lobby, or is there a rational opposition that the tech community will have to win through hard-fought debate?

Fortunately, unlike some of the more rushed, secretive council meetings to regulate ride-sharing companies, Seattle has had plenty of time to air their grievances in public. And at least one local representative is refreshingly honest.

“I don’t want to ‘temporarily’ kill innovation, but I do want to buy a year for the taxi world to adapt,” wrote

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