Senator Mark Warner discusses on-demand economy

Senator Mark Warner was in town to discuss the significance of the share economy. Photo courtesy of Moonlighting Senator Mark Warner was in town to discuss the significance of the share economy. Photo courtesy of Moonlighting

On August 19, Senator Mark Warner attended a round-table discussion hosted by local hiring platform Moonlighting about employment, the government’s role in a sharing economy and efforts to help people make more money.

More than a dozen local workers from freelance and independent contract companies like Uber, Etsy and Airbnb attended the discussion, in which rising concerns and opinions about how policymakers can make the on-demand economy work best was a main talking point.

“Whether by economic necessity or by choice, as many as one-third of American workers now find themselves piecing together two, three or more on-demand opportunities to make a living,” Warner said, according to a press release. “Yet Washington mostly has remained on the sidelines as the U.S. economy, its workforce and the workplace have undergone perhaps the most dramatic transformation in decades.

Warner says he is committed to finding practical solutions to keeping up with the shift in the economy.

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