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Wandering Eye: The war over Uber in Maryland, psychos in the board room, and the U.S. News & World Report college rankingsStory | Sep 9, 2014 | 9:00 PMSometime CP contributor Andrew Zaleski has an interesting take in Politico on Uber's fight with the Maryland Public Service Commission—the only one (so far) that has ruled the ride-sharing company to be a livery provider subject to applicable regulations. This is a battle with real consequences for people who take taxies—and their drivers—in just about every state, and Zaleski breaks it down into an easily digested meal. He shows you what "big taxi" is, Uber's salutary effect on cab pricing, and the hypocrisy at the core of both the incumbent taxi industry and the "sharing economy" con: "And if Uber succeeds in pulling Maryland and other resistant states and cities over to its side? It might consider thanking the taxi industry. In the 1970s and 1980s, when cab companies across the United States began converting their workers from full-time employees with salaries and benefits to independent contractors who were paid out of their fares, they created a blueprint for how to maximize profits: Flood the streets with drivers. Give anyone the tools to be their own micro-entrepreneurs. Glorify the art of the hustle. Take the company's cut. Protect your piece of the industry. And when the competition gets in the way, be prepared to wage war." (Edward Ericson Jr.)
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[caption id="attachment_19384" align="alignleft" width="300"] left to right: States Attorney Gregg Bernstein, Rebecca Brown – Director of State Policy Reform, Innocence Project, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts and Michele Nethercrott –...