Big government sucks. Period.
It ruins literally everything it touches, and only serves to harm consumers and hardworking entrepreneurs – both of which are, you know, taxpayers – trying to carve out their slice of the American dream.
Big government’s latest victim is the Bird Scooters that have become wildly popular around Raleigh, providing citizens an affordable and convenient alternative to navigating congested streets in a vehicle, expensive ride-sharing apps, and even walking.
If we’re being frank, Bird Scooters may be the best thing to ever happen to downtown Raleigh in quite some time. Because it certainly isn’t those stupid taxpayer funded buses that think they own the roads.
Originally, riders were charged a $1 fee to “unlock” the Bird Scooters and a ride rate of $0.15 per minute, allowing riders to travel from areas like downtown to Glenwood south for just a few bucks.
But that was prior to the far-left Raleigh City Council getting involved.
Now, riders will be charged a $2 tax – twice the cost of Bird’s rate – by the Raleigh city government on top of the cost of the Bird.
That means many riders will pay more money in taxes to the Raleigh city government than they are actually paying to ride Bird Scooters.
In an email to its Raleigh consumers on Monday, Bird said the Raleigh city council left the company with just two options when it passed their over-bearing and unnecessary regulations.
“When the Raleigh City Council passed its regulations, Bird had two options: abandon the community we’ve had the honor to serve and focus on more business-friendly cities, or stay and fight for riders like you who want transportation alternatives,” Bird wrote.
“To us, the decision was an easy one,” Bird continued. “We decided to stay and work to ensure Raleigh residents don’t have to pay a premium for environmentally friendly transportation…”
The company concluded their email by asking all of those who oppose this tax “to send a personalized email to your city councilmembers asking them to remove this unreasonable tax.”
You easily can take action and contact members of the Raleigh City Council by email and through social media by CLICKING HERE (the process only takes a couple of minutes).