Rideshare invoice deserves Scott veto | April 21, editorial
Bill provides shoppers safety
This editorial grossly mischaracterizes the ridesharing laws that handed the Florida Senate final week after 4 years of deliberation and debate. The invoice replaces as we speak’s patchwork of inconsistent native guidelines — a few of which have been designed to guard entrenched industries from competitors — with a clear statewide framework. It requires ridesharing corporations to carry out driver historical past and legal data checks on driver candidates, outlines crimes that may disqualify somebody from driving, and provides clear guidelines for insurance coverage and shopper safety.
On Wednesday, I took an Uber journey from Miami to Palm Beach. The driver, Michael, advised me that he sees Uber as a “godsend” that has allowed him to proceed to pay his payments after a sudden job loss whereas with the ability to cope with the disposal of his late father’s belongings in the course of the day. No one advantages when drivers like Michael are topic to 3 separate units of native ridesharing guidelines on a single journey that occurs to cross by means of three counties.
States wishing to stay aggressive and guarantee continued financial progress ought to tailor ridesharing laws to the realities of the marketplace with out closing off future innovation.
That’s what 40 different U.S. states have accomplished. Florida’s leaders must be recommended for following go well with.
Colin Tooze, director of public affairs, Uber Technologies, Washington, D.C.
Financial Literacy Month
Personal finance schooling
April is Financial Literacy Month, when our nation seeks to extend public consciousness concerning the significance of sound private monetary administration. A nationwide group often known as C.A.R.E. — Credit Abuse Resistance Education — is especially involved with elevating the cash administration intelligence of our older youngsters and younger adults and their households.
C.A.R.E. just lately raised its platform from a grass-roots initiative began by one chapter decide in New York to a full-fledged nonprofit civic group with nationwide volunteer outreach and on-line content material, corresponding to slide shows and different supplies. C.A.R.E. operates in all 50 states and is on the market within the Tampa Bay space.
Led by volunteers who’re members or associates of the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, C.A.R.E. shows have been occurring right here since 2007. Our most up-to-date presentation occurred in Tampa on the Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, to about 250 college students. Our volunteers are prepared to assist center and highschool college students, civic or different group associations, and different teams perceive tips on how to make sensible monetary selections on budgeting, credit score and scholar loans. The presentation content material complies with the nationwide requirements in Okay-12 private finance schooling, and every module takes 45 minutes to current.
Having seen a C.A.R.E. presentation at her faculty, one highschool senior noticed, “It looks like what we thought we knew about credit score going into the presentation was all deceptive info that we simply obtained from advertisements and the Internet. I feel it influenced everybody’s future selections about credit score.”
Local C.A.R.E. ambassadors will present a presentation for any group’s members, younger or previous. The shows are free, and we cannot attempt to promote you a factor. We need you to carry on to your cash! Go to this web site to request a go to: https://care4yourfuture.org/educators (scroll all the best way right down to “Request Now”).
Catherine Peek McEwen, Tampa
The author is a chapter decide in Tampa and is a member of the C.A.R.E. board of administrators.
Illegal immigration pitfalls | April 21, letter
Immigrant crime fee low
The National Bureau of Economic Research has documented low charges of involvement in legal actions by immigrants. Undocumented immigrants over a few years are much less more likely to commit crimes than individuals born within the United States.
With that in thoughts, why would the Times publish this letter emphasizing “gang violence, drug smuggling, murder and rape” by immigrants?
Florence Laureira, Hudson
Light rail will not work right here
It’s true that rail transportation is required in giant cities the place many residents reside in excessive-rise flats inside strolling distance to a rail station. Also, these areas have little or no parking out there for automobiles and vans. This just isn’t true within the Tampa Bay space, the place we principally stay in houses or condos and if we had mild rail, it might be essential to drive to the rail station, defeating the aim of getting automobiles and vans off the roads. Further, we’ve got sufficient parking out there.
Driving is a lot better now with some street work already accomplished, and plans are already on the board to enhance visitors infrastructure. The residents on each side of the bay have already stated no to mild rail, and this could put an finish to this topic. Light rail is being pushed by grasping enterprise house owners in downtown St. Petersburg, just like the house owners of sports activities groups.
Many Tampa Bay residents are winter guests and seniors who won’t hand over their automobiles, nor will they drive to a rail station to take mild rail to a vacation spot close by.
Chuck Graham, Pinellas Park
Negative results persist
As a local Floridian who grew up on Boca Ciega Bay, I’ve all the time stored an eye fixed on this physique of water. I recall the countless leaping of mullet as a child, seeing loads of blue crabs, and an abundance of trout, snook and redfish. I went fishing lately in my normal spot and it was instantly obvious that our beloved bay is sick. The backside (and seaweed) was coated with silt and muck, and no fish have been leaping.
I consider the sewage dump from final summer time continues to be having an impact on our bay which will have unfavourable ramifications for years to return. We’re watching you, metropolis of St. Petersburg (and surrounding cities), to ensure this by no means occurs once more.
Brett Hayman, St. Petersburg