A Lyft customer gets into a car in San Francisco, California. The cars are identified by their pink mustaches. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

“It’s true that, in many ways, sharing-economy jobs can offer more autonomy than traditional employer-employee relationships. But there’s a dark side to these work arrangements that gets considerably less press: the shifting of risk off corporate balance sheets and onto the shoulders of individual Americans, who may not even realize what kinds of liabilities they’re taking on,” writes Washington Post reporter Catherine Rampell.

The risks involve everything from income instability (the worker, rather than the firm, has to absorb the brunt of demand shocks or price cuts); to irreversible capital investments (Uber and Lyft have infamously pushed drivers to buy new cars by promising big returns that never materialized); to unforeseen criminal liabilities (what happens if an Airbnb guest turns your home into a brothel?); to fewer protections in the event of catastrophe (no access to programs such as workers’ comp). Sure, sharing-economy “entrepreneurs” can get a lot of upside, but there are a lot of hidden downsides, too.

Today’s Question: Do the downsides of the sharing economy outweigh the benefits?

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Bill Hansen, owner of Sawbill Canoe Outfitters, portages between Sawbill Lake and Alton Lake Wednesday, May 2nd in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

“The Boundary Waters Canoe Area begins accepting online reservations for the summer season Wednesday,” reports the Associated Press.

The 1.1-million acre Boundary Waters is America’s most visited wilderness area, attracting 250,000 visitors annually.

The Recreation.gov website begins accepting BWCA reservations on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Ely-based outfitter Steve Piragis says the day will be particularly important for groups that want specific entry points or entry days. But he says people who don’t want to plan so far ahead will still have access to hundreds of permits throughout the season, via the website and from outfitters.

Some permits for certain popular entry points were awarded by lottery last week.

Today’s Question: What’s your favorite lake in the BWCA?

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The Bloomington City Council is set to vote Monday on a proposed one-year moratorium barring medical marijuana production and sales facilities in the city,” writes MPR News reporter Mark Zdechlik.

The moratorium would give the city time to develop a better understanding of how to regulate such facilities, says Glen Markegard, Bloomington planning manager.

“As we understand it, federal law prohibits the sale of marijuana so credit card companies do not work with dispensaries,” Markegard said. “Therefore the public … has to bring cash. That presents unique security considerations.”

Several Minnesota cities already have moratoriums in place, including Duluth and Richfield.

Today’s Question: Are city wide bans on medical marijuana production and sales prudent?

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MPR News reporter Mark Zdechlik writes that high out-of-pocket costs and convenience are fueling retail clinic growth. Do you use retail clinics? From Zdechlik’s reporting: Retail clinics save people a lot of money, said Tine Hansen-Turton executive director of the Convenient Care Association, an industry trade group. “Our average cost is about $75 per encounter,” Read more