Should Ridesharing Approval be Tied to Legislator Pay Hikes?

December 21, 2016 - 12:24 am
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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) As the debate over allowing ridesharing continues in upstate New York, there is a possibility it could be linked to legislator payraises. One area cab service owner doesn't like that idea.

"I think it should be separate, not tied to what if," says Bill Yuhnke of Liberty Cab. "One is to raise pay for the lawmakers and I hope they wouldn't vote for it just because it's tied to more money."

Yuhnke is also concerned about all those back door deals in Albany. "I think our government agencies have figured out all these deals and the public sees it too. It's time for someone to step up and investigate and ask questions about what's going on here," says Yuhnke.

He says there's one way he'll back ridesharing here: if ridesharing services abide by the same rules as in New York City. "They're paying for the right insurance, drivers are being fingerprinted, and they're paying sales tax on the trips, and that could happen tomorrow in Buffalo if they agree to those rules," explains Yuhnke.

Yuhnke believes the issue could be brought up in Governor Cuomo's budget proposal next month. 
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