Lobbying and Cronyism

Chronicle columnist Chris Tomlinson makes an issue out of the fact that Uber lobbied the Texas legislature to block local efforts to regulate the company:

When Houston’s city council refused to bend to Uber’s demands, and Austin voters threw Uber out of the capitol, Kalanick hired a team of high-priced lobbyists to buy friendly statewide […]

Tyranny for Me, Tyranny for Thee

Chronicle business writer Chris Tomlinson is opposed to freedom. In a recent column, he opined that those who don’t like a law need only “hire a friend in Austin”–a state legislator. Tomlinson then goes on to point out several examples of businesses lobbying state legislators to override local ordinances or rewrite state laws.

As one […]

No Freedom for Me, No Freedom for Thee

Last Friday, the Texas Education Agency released its first “report cards” for government schools. As expected, education bureaucrats aren’t happy with the results. As one example, Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt said:

Our legislators’ ‘ranking’ and comparing of public schools feeds the agenda of those claiming our public schools are failing and vouchers, tax credits, […]

Cronyism Versus Uber

In October, City Council signed off on a taxi hailing that will all taxi drivers in the city will be required to use. The Arro app, which is already being used in New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago, will consolidate taxi dispatching for the city’s 146 taxi companies.

At the time, the Chronicle reported:

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Protecting the Public From Lawmakers

In a previous post, I noted that the city had come to an agreement with Uber to loosen regulations. City Council approved the changes today, but not without dissent. According to the Chronicle:

“We are here today because one company has said if you don’t do these regulatory changes right now we’re going to leave,” […]

A Partial Victory for Uber

On Wednesday, Mayor Turner announced that the City of Houston had reached a deal with Uber that will keep the ride sharing company in the city until the Super Bowl in early 2017.

Earlier this year, Uber had threatened to pull out of the Houston market because of the requirements the city was imposing on […]

Uber Versus Houston

In April, Uber threatened to pull out of the Houston market if the city didn’t relax its rules governing the ridesharing company’s drivers. At the time, Mayor Turner said:

To tell the city of Houston you either give us what we want or we are gone… is not the way you play business in the […]