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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?

Kathie Tovo

City Council, District 9

I believe that Council has an important role in exercising its regulatory authority to ensure health and safety for our residents. I also believe in using City resources to leverage state, federal, and private-sector grants, especially on innovative solutions.