Uber, Lyft offer to pay state in return for changes to regulations | Local | Eugene, Oregon

Source: Uber, Lyft offer to pay state in return for changes to regulations | Local | Eugene, Oregon

Uber and Lyft are offering to tack on a 50-cent surcharge to every ride they provide in Oregon, with the money funding a $5 million-a-year rebate initiative for Oregonians to buy electric vehicles.

But in exchange, the two firms want to revive a bill that would let only the state — not individual Oregon cities — regulate them. That idea, highly unpopular with labor-friendly Democrats, died in the House earlier this session.

Some cities, including Eugene and Springfield, insist that ride-­hailing companies comply with local taxi-regulating ­ordinances. Uber and Lyft consider it costly and unnecessary to follow such local restrictions. Uber has declined to set up service in Eugene and Springfield, after failing in its challenge of the local rules.

Do today’s tech/telecom companies employ too few workers? – Progressive Policy Institute – Progressive Policy Institute

http://www.progressivepolicy.org/blog/todays-techtelecom-companies-employ-workers/

definition of ‘industrial’ includes non-energy manufacturing companies. The 1979 list should include Procter and Gamble, but I could not locate their employment data in their annual report.  There’s no reason to think that substituting P&G for J&J would make a significant difference in the list. Ford Motor’s stock price underwent a steep plunge in 1979 that took it out of the top 10 industrial companies by market cap.

After Passing Several Innovative Health Policies, Nevada Reaches Its Limit: Medicaid for All

http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/gov-nevada-sandoval-medicaid-health.html?AMP

If Congress replaces the ACA with the most recent version of the American Health Care Act, 24 million Americans would lose coverage within 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Health experts say the replacement plan also would have stunted Nevada’s Medicaid-for-all plan.

Symposium: The Constitution prohibits government’s “happy-talk” requirement for trademark registration – SCOTUSblog

http://www.scotusblog.com/2017/06/symposium-constitution-prohibits-governments-happy-talk-requirement-trademark-registration/

disparagement clause violates the First Amendment. All eight participating justices agreed that trademarks are private, not government, speech, and that the disparagement clause discriminates based on viewpoint. Because Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan agreed that the disparagement clause constitutes viewpoint discrimination that cannot withstand rigorous constitutional scrutiny, they found it unnecessary to consider additional constitutional arguments by the parties. Nevertheless, Alito, Chief Justice Roberts, and Justices Clarence Thomas and Stephen Breyer rejected the government’s contentions that the disparagement clause is proper either under the cases upholding government subsidies of speech expressing viewpoints or under the cases involving special government programs.

Alito’s opinion also considered whether trademark regulation should be analyzed as a restriction on commercial speech. In its briefs, the government focused on arguing that the disparagement clause is not a speech restriction. But the government alternatively argued that “[b]ecause the essential function of trademarks is to identify goods and services as emanating from a particular commercial source, trademarks are ‘commercial speech’ and receive ‘a limited form of First Amendment protection.’” Fortunately, the government’s argument was not persuasive.

– See more at: http://www.scotusblog.com/2017/06/symposium-constitution-prohibits-governments-happy-talk-requirement-trademark-registration/#sthash.AGu20IcF.dpuf

Could Universal Basic Income Make Its US Debut in Hawaii? – Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/06/20/universal-basic-income-make-us-debut-hawaii/

“Human behavior is always unpredictable. We want to know what motivates people, what people respond to.”

According to the online news outlet Futurism, which calls 2017 “The Year of UBI,” Germany also has a two-year UBI pilot, Canada and Uganda each plan to start one, and India is debating the merits. eBay founder Pierre Omidyar is currently financing a UBI experiment in Kenya.

According to the Basic Income Earth Network, the idea of a minimum income first appeared in the 16th century; by the 19th century, the idea had evolved into unconditional basic income. In 1969, President Nixon proposed the Family Assistance Plan in the U.S. to replace the AFDC, the aid program to poor families, but it was eventually rejected.

Opponents of UBI worry that it will make people lazy. But Sam Altman, the president of the incubator Y Combinator, which is funding research on inverse basic incomes, said, “Maybe 90 percent of people will go smoke pot and play video games. But if 10 percent of the people go create new products and services and new wealth, that’s a huge net win.”

The average Oregonian might rightly ask, “The CAT? Why all the fuss?” – Oregon Center for Public Policy

https://www.ocpp.org/2017/06/20/blog20170620-receipts-commercial-activities-tax/

Compare that to what that company’s employees are paying. The average individual taxpayer in Oregon pays 24 times that amount — $6 on every $100 of income — in personal income taxes. – See more at: https://www.ocpp.org/2017/06/20/blog20170620-receipts-commercial-activities-tax/#sthash.sLrJHBzS.dpuf