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A growing population of the workforce now gets employment through app platforms and that number is expected to grow exponentially over the next decade. Many of these gig economy workers currently do this to supplement their wages but more workers are using this as their primary source of income. As the sector grows, more workers will turn to this type of employment full time. There is no question that within the next decade the gig economy will dominate employment. 

Given the state’s fiscal condition and the myriad of questions about the cost of public financing of elections, now is not the time for the state to make the financial commitment this would require. Even low estimates peg the cost at several hundred million dollars and at least one estimate approaches half a billion dollars annually. The state has a steep deficit and given the cost discrepancies the issue needs further review.