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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has vetoed the rideshare driver bill after Uber threatened to stop operations outside of the Twin Cities.

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Waltz vetoes first veto against ridesharing wage bill


Waltz vetoes first veto against ridesharing wage bill

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Democratic Minnesota Governor Tim Waltz has vetoed a bill that would set a minimum wage for rideshare drivers after Uber threatened to shut down operations across Minnesota, except for Minneapolis and St. Louis, Minnesota. . The Paul metropolitan area — if this bill were signed into law.

in a letter on thursday announcement “Rideshare drivers deserve fair wages and safe working conditions,” Waltz said of the veto, but said, “This is not the right bill to achieve those goals. ‘ said.

He also argued that the bill would make Minnesota “one of the most expensive ride-sharing states in the country.”

Minnesota Governor Tim Waltz
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz speaks during President Biden’s visit to the Cummins Power Plant in Fridley, Minnesota, April 3, 2023.

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According to CBS in Minnesota, Waltz is the first governor to veto the bill. This came after an Uber spokesperson said in a statement provided to the newspaper. CBS Minnesota Earlier Thursday, the company announced that it would cease operations outside of the Twin Cities starting August 1 if: house file 2369 It added that the bill would become law and would further limit services in the Twin Cities to “providing only premium products commensurate with the premium price required by the bill.”

The bill passed by a narrow partisan vote in both houses of the Democratic-majority Minnesota legislature last weekend.

An Uber spokeswoman said: “After months of no response to our call to work with lawmakers on a comprehensive bill that would provide flexibility and benefits to drivers without compromising service to passengers, the state We were left with legislation that would make it impossible to continue providing services in most areas.” Freddie Goldstein said.

Under HF 2369, rideshare drivers would receive a “minimum fee” of at least $1.45 per mile plus 34 cents per minute for all trips within the Twin Cities area. For non-Twin Cities rides, the driver will receive at least $1.25 per mile and 34 cents per minute. These interest rates would also have been adjusted annually for inflation.

Rideshare drivers across the country have battled for years for better salaries and benefits. In November 2020, California voters will approved A controversial state proposal to exempt drivers from being classified as employees instead of employees on Uber, Lyft and other app-based platforms. independent contractor. The change will require companies to provide benefits such as sick leave and health insurance.

Last year, Washington state similar laws Minnesota’s bill requires carpool drivers to pay $1.50 per mile, or 64 cents per minute, in downtown Seattle and $1.27 per mile, 37 cents per minute outside Seattle. Ride-sharing companies are also required to provide sick leave and workers’ compensation for drivers.

2018, New York City became First US city to set a minimum wage for rideshare drivers. By 2023, rate For travel within New York City, it’s $1.31 per mile and 56 cents per minute. Wheelchair-accessible vehicles are charged up to $1.70 per mile. Both fares increase for out-of-town trips.

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