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Austin has long since been perceived as a town of creative innovators. Given the City’s recent regulatory attempts with the sharing and gig economy (Uber, AirBnB, Scooters), what is your position on how the City should handle emerging technologies and emerging markets? What is your view, generally, on the conflict between consumer demands and government interests? Similarly, when non-profits secure grant funding for innovative social solutions that requires a local match, what is your view on city funding being available for the match?

Danielle Skidmore

City Council, District 9

It is hard to give a blanket answer on “emerging technologies” when each has such different implications. We do not want to stifle innovation, but we have a responsibility to ensure a safe and orderly city. I believe in reasonable, not heavy-handed, regulations, that balance private benefit with the public cost associated with each development.