The Milwaukee Taxi Lottery
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 10am to Noon Central
For the first time in over 20 years, Milwaukee will issue new licenses for taxicabs. This victory for economic liberty is a direct response to a hard-fought case won by the Institute for Justice.
The lottery was held at Centennial Hall on Monday, March 17. Each person could have up to two tickets, though each application has a $100 non-refundable fee. For a chance to obtain one of the 100 new permits, the city received more than 1,700 applications. New cabs are expected to hit the streets later this spring.
Today's taxi lottery was a demonstration of the good that just a little bit more freedom can do for entrepreneurs. None of IJ's clients were in the first 100 (those guaranteed a chance to apply for a cab), but a driver who has worked ever so hard for the cause was. One other who was a witness in IJ's lawsuit was number 104, putting him near the top of the wait list, which means there's a good chance he'll get one too.