In the latest example of an American city overstepping its authority and trampling on individual rights, the City of Phoenix is attempting an illegal money grab from citizens who use ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft to travel to the city’s airport. But the Goldwater Institute is taking a stand to stop it.
In a letter to Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego this week, the Institute called on the city to withdraw its proposed 200% rate increase on the grounds that it violates a provision of the Arizona Constitution that prohibits cities from creating or raising fees on services in this state. If the city moves forward with its plan, it will immediately increase the cost of a ride share by adding a new $5 fee to get dropped off at the airport, and it will substantially substantially raise fees to get picked up at the airport, as well.
The Goldwater Institute is not alone in opposing the city’s actions. Also this week, State Representative Nancy Barto announced that if the city council moves forward with its support for the plan, she will file a complaint with the Arizona attorney general.
“Arizona has a thriving economy. If we want to keep it that way, we must be vigilant in ensuring that government stays in its limits and creates a friendly environment for businesses to operate,” Barto said. “Raising fees on popular ride-sharing services at our airport will have the opposite effect, discouraging these services from continuing to operate in Phoenix and robbing Arizonans of work opportunities as drivers and convenient, affordable services as passengers.”
Unfortunately, this is not the only example of city politicians wielding power at the detriment of citizens. Sante Fe, Denver, and Tempe, Ariz., have passed ordinances that drastically infringe on citizens’ First Amendment rights by mandating the disclosure of their identities if they contribute to nonprofit organizations that speak out on political issues. Meanwhile, Miami Beach, Chicago, Seattle, and Pacific Grove, Calif., are among the many cities that have passed ordinances restricting property owners’ right to share their homes. In all of these cases, the cities are violating individuals’ constitutional rights. And in all of these cases, the Goldwater Institute is fighting on behalf of citizens who are in the crosshairs of out-of-control governmental power.
Read more about the City of Phoenix’s ride-sharing money grab here.