In this contentious mid-term election, corporations are stepping up their civic responsibility and offering employees time off to vote. Norwalk-based Diageo North America is part of the trend. Meanwhile, Connecticut is among a minority of states that don’t mandate an Election Day time-off policy for workers.
The Senate voted 28-8 Tuesday night to approve a bill that would make Connecticut one of the last states to impose standards on ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. The bill now goes to the governor.
Connecticut acted belatedly Thursday to impose standards on Uber and Lyft, the market-disrupting, ride-sharing companies that arrived here three years ago, ignoring a regulatory structure devised for taxicabs — not an app-driven matchmaking service for drivers willing to pick up passengers in their personal cars.
After a day of public-hearing testimony about free markets, innovation and regulation, the only consensus at the General Assembly about Uber was that the market-disrupting ride service is in Connecticut to stay. Exactly how or when to set rules for a business that’s upended the highly regulated taxicab industry was unclear Monday evening.
A lobbying war between Connecticut’s taxi industry and Uber Technologies, whose ride-sharing service is the epitome of a “disruptive technology” and the evolving “sharing economy,” is about to emerge from the shadows in Hartford.