Uber and Lyft bail on Minneapolis following city council forcing higher driver pay

The Minneapolis City Council voted to override Mayor Jacob Frey’s veto, effectively increasing the pay floor for rideshare drivers, despite threats from Uber and Lyft that would leave the region as a result.

In a 10-3 vote, the city council reversed the mayor’s veto and increased pay for rideshare drivers.

Uber and Lyft say they are following through on their threat and leaving town on May 1, when the ordinance goes into effect. Uber said the Twin Cities will be the only metro area in the United States without Uber services. 

“We are disappointed the Council chose to ignore data and kick Uber out of the Twin Cities, putting 10,000 people out of work and leaving many stranded,” Uber said in a statement in response. “But we know that by working
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