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New Jersey Hispanic Chamber of Commerce president Carlos Medina

Medina seeks universal ride share fee

By David Wildstein, June 27 2018 2:39 pm

Keep Jersey Moving, an advocacy group funded by the New Jersey business community, wants a universal ride sharing fee of 30 cents instead of a 7% sales tax.

“Moving from the originally proposed 7% sales tax to a more modest per-trip fee of 30 cents has preserved affordable ridesharing for all New Jerseyans, especially for underserved communities who rely on ridesharing to see their doctor or get groceries, wrote Carlos Medina, the president of the New Jersey Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, in a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy and New Jersey legislative leaders.  “Incentivizing environmentally-friendly for-hire vehicle ride pool options encourages people to share the ride, unclogging streets and making the air cleaner to breathe. Exempting small communities with few other meaningful alternative public transit options ensures that the needed task of raising funds for the state doesn’t accidentally cut off residents’ primary mode of transit.”

Medina called the ride sharing fee “an intelligent and practical statewide compromise.

“Anything greater will quickly become untenable for the populations the state is trying to provide for by collecting these fees,” said Medina.

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