Massachusetts is preparing to levy a 20-cent fee per trip on ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft. And, get this, 5-cents of the per trip fee will go to subsidize the traditional taxi industry,
Ten cents will go to cities and towns and the final 5 cents has beendesignated for a state transportation fund.
Republican Governor Charlie Baker signed the fee into law this month as part of a sweeping package of regulations for the industry.
The law says the money will help taxi businesses to adopt “new technologies and advanced service, safety and operational capabilities” and to support workforce development.
One wonders why if the Masschusetts government wants to subsizide inefficent businesses, it doesn't tax all ride services to support blacksmiths.