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How Much Does a Law Cost?


Trying to get things done in politics is expensive. Just ask Lyft, Uber, Doordash, and other tech giant companies who have yet to turn a profit, and yet somehow managed to scrape together $200,000,000 to buy legislation in California.


Yep, if we’re going to be talking about the gig economy, we have to talk about Prop 22, passed last fall in California…


And ruled unconstitutional this month.


https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/20/technology/prop-22-california-ruling.html?campaign_id=49&emc=edit_ca_20210823&instance_id=38599&nl=california-today&regi_id=96717705&segment_id=66993&te=1&user_id=7e5ba14257a6212bd892acd507e8271a


But the battle is far from over.


See, as the gig economy has grown, so have the problems for its lowest paid workers. Drivers making less than minimum wage, unable to afford basic life necessities such as the health insurance they’d have to pay for themselves, the retirement funds that seem to shrink rather than grow as inflation outpaces their dollars, or even rent and food on the table.


It’s despicable, unnecessary, and written into California law that it can go on uninterrupted.


The companies spent $200M to portray their proposition as pro-worker, when really, it was about as anti-worker as you could get.


And as the most expensive ballot initiative in the history of the US, they got what they paid for.


Even though the California courts just ruled this proposition illegal, what will happen if and when appeals land this hot debate in front of the Trump Supreme Court? WIll they side with workers and a sustainable economy, or will they side with fatcats who would sacrifice human life for a few dollars?


I gotta say-- I don’t think it’s a very optimistic scenario. If the Trump Supreme Court validates Prop 22, then it’s not just a California problem-- it’s the law of the land.


Before we allow giant corporations to buy laws that protect them at the cost of their worker’s lives, I believe we need sane, workable legislation addressing the gig economy. We need to make sure that American workers *and businesses* have options to grow in sustainable ways.


The next couple of days, I’m going to talk to you about the basic rights and benefits that I believe every American deserves, and how to approach securing these rights and benefits so corporations can’t buy their way out of responsibility to the people they employ.


Let me know what you think about Prop 22, the gig economy, and worker’s rights by responding to this email, or finding me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


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