Episode 4: California’s war on gig workers is coming to Nevada

Michael Schaus

Free to Offend Episode 4

California is, pretty much, the nation’s top exporter of bad ideas.  

And the state’s infamous AB5—a bill designed to effectively do away with the “gig economy”—is a perfect example. Despite hundreds of exemptions being made to accommodate freelance workers who suddenly found their type of work illegal, California is blundering ahead with an attempt to regulate away employment opportunities for thousands of independent contractors.

Steven Greenhut, western director for R Street and a member of the editorial board for the Southern California News Group, spoke with Nevada Policy’s Michael Schaus about California’s war on gig workers, and how it’s unintended consequences are decimating California’s economy.  

And with Nevada lawmakers already considering similar measures in the Silver State, Steven’s insight is especially valuable heading into the next regular legislative session.  


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  1. What’s wrong with turning Nevada into California East? By Michael Schaus 
  2. California is indeed a cautionary tale for the nation By Steven Greenhut 
  3. Voters will have a chance to save ridesharing from California regulators By Steven Greenhut 



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Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus

Communications Director

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership. He is also currently a policy advisor for the Heartland Institute.

Prior to joining NPRI, Michael worked in media as a national columnist, a political humorist and a radio talk show host in Denver, Colorado. Active in both print and radio, he shared his insights and free-market economics perspective with large local and national audiences.

Michael became interested in economic theory earlier in life while employed in the financial sector. As the liaison between a local community bank and the Federal Reserve, he acquired an in-depth understanding of just how manipulative big government can be toward industry and enterprise. It was that experience with big-government intervention that initially led him into public-affairs commentary.