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Sticking up for taxi entrepreneurs facing a government block

Posted by Kelly Maher on February 12th, 2011
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Colorado state Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, is running a bill to compel the Public Utilities Commission to accept the application of taxi cab companies that meet minimum criteria. At the bill’s first hearing on Wednesday, senators on the Business Affairs committee heard hours of testimony from a group of cab drivers who have been saving their money for years to start a cab company - only to be denied by the PUC because it would create too much competition.

According to Harvey…

“Anybody who wants to get in, they can be shut down simply because the current cab companies don’t want them in the market. Well, that is not the American way of business. In America, we say if you meet these criteria in a regulated industry and you’re able to prove that you meet these hurdles, then you can get in. Risk your capital, risk your time and risk your effort and go and compete.”

The bill passed the committee, but the vote wasn’t as straightforward as many were expecting. A Republican, Jean White, R-Hayden, voted against the bill while two Democrats, Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge, and Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, voted in favor. Next stop for the bill will be the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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