Massachusetts’ reliance on the gig economy grows

Mike Deehan, Axios

Why it matters: Massachusetts is reevaluating its relationship to gig economy companies like Uber, Lyft and Instacart, but the impact app-based services have had on consumers’ way of life is undeniable.

What we’re watching: The future of many gig economy workers in Massachusetts is in the hands of a jury in Suffolk Superior Court, where Uber and Lyft are on trial for allegedly breaking state labor laws by treating drivers as contractors instead of employees entitled to the minimum wage and benefits.