Daily Progress – Warner Discusses the Gig Economy in Charlottesville

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., met with about 20 small-business owners, independent contractors and gig-economy workers Wednesday morning to discuss what the federal government can do to help these workers.

 Workers with Airbnb, Etsy and Moonlighting were at the roundtable, held at the app’s headquarters, as well as other freelancers and small-business owners. According to Warner, up to a third of the American work force is working in this contingent economy, some working a second job, but others working in gig-economy positions.

Many attendees said they choose to work in this fashion for the flexibility and freedom it allows and to do what they are passionate about for a living.

“People say, ‘Well, I don’t need any of this,’ but that’s not fair either because if they end up back on government benefits that still means the taxpayer has to foot the bill,” Warner said. “I hope that we can figure this out, as a former technology entrepreneur myself, in a way that is much more future versus past, rather than Democrat versus Republican.”

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By: Allison Wrabel
The Daily Progress
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

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