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Marco Rubio cites stalled Uber Miami effort as example of regulations that upset young voters


The stalled proposal to bring luxury-car mobile-dispatcher Uber to Miami has caught the eye of Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

Rubio, a Republican, used the anecdote Monday as an example of the type of regulations that upset young people who might otherwise be OK with more government involvement in the economy.

Students at the class he teaches at Florida International University debated the issue recently, Rubio said at a forum organized by the Jack Kemp Foundation at Google's Washington D.C. headquarters. Two county commissioners concerned about protecting the taxicab industry blocked legislation that would allow Uber and its competitors to operate in Miami.

Uber and companies like Sidecar and Lyft match mobile users with drivers who can give them a ride.

"People had heard about this concept -- maybe they traveled somewhere that had it," Rubio said of his class. "Well, the Miami-Dade commission didn't allow Uber to come in because of regulations.

"So for the first time, I see young people that potentially might be friendly to more government involvement in our economy arguing against regulatory impediments to an existing business -- in this case, government crowding them out."


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Graham Garnos

Gee. I wonder why Uber isn't welcomed? Maybe it has to do with who owns cab companies in Miami and who doesn't own Uber?

Karen Locklear

Gee. I wonder how much money Uber is donating to Rubio to get this kind of attention.

Jennifer Condie

Is Rubio hustling for UBER or a long overdue overhaul of the taxi industry? UBER is charging drivers 20% on top of their inflated lease rates(up to $1000 weekly)$300+/- weekly fuel expenses. $100 week commercial insurance.& car repairs for owner operators. Can Rubio afford to shave 20% off his income?the 1st cabbies were Italian/Irish/Jewish immigrants exploited as heck. App technology now exists that could be put in the hands of local companies and drivers that would keep that money in our local economy. Not send it in to space with the corporate raider known as UBER. Google has invested $270 million into UBER. No surprise the Jack Kemp foundations forum with Rubio and UBER was held at GOOGLES HQ IN WASHINGTON . Mr. Rubio if you want to stop Gov over regulation start with Palm Beach County. Why does YELLOW CAB have a county sponsored monopoly over PBIA? Cabbies pay monopoly driven lease rates up to $700 resulting in pissed off cabbies and poor service. There is your next FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY debate topic.

Jennifer Condie

Mr Rubio I would also like your FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY students to debate how dangerous it is to hand an UBER global domination over dispatch. Did you know they force their drivers to lower their rates any time a competitor such as Hailo/GETT/and GETRIDE enter "their territory". and that they "fire drivers" over a single complaint. Or that UBER launched a cyber attack against GETT in NY? Are you going to stop UBER WHEN THEY RAISE THEY CUT TO 25% and more? More debate topics

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