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Massachusetts lawmakers debate fallout of ‘gig economy’

BOSTON (AP) — From Beacon Hill to Capitol Hill, Massachusetts lawmakers are struggling with a rapidly changing economy and how — and when — regulations are needed.

At the Statehouse, that debate most recently focused on ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, which are upending the taxi industry.

Like many of the questions on the new “gig economy,” the debate is driven by the digital technology that is revolutionizing the workplace.

In this case, that workplace is a cab.

This week, the Massachusetts Senate passed a bill aimed both are regulating and encouraging ride-hailing services.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has also warned of the downside of the “gig economy.”

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She has said the nation needs to guarantee every worker pays into Social Security, is covered by catastrophic insurance, and has some paid leave.