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11.09.2017

Women’s Foundation urges reform to enable women entrepreneurs

The Women’s Foundation, a think tank focused on research to build public policy platforms, has a robust agenda for the upcoming Missouri legislation in January 2018. “Occupational licensing requirements can create real barriers for women, whether they’re moving to another state, entering a new profession or coming back from maternity leave,” Doyle said. “Policy positions […]

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11.09.2017

AFP-WI Applauds Assembly for Passing Legislation to Remove Barriers to Opportunity

Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin applauded the state Assembly for passing a trio of bills to reform Wisconsin’s outdated occupational licensing laws to help working class Wisconsinites enter the professions of their choice. The first measure, AB 508, will make it easier for more Wisconsinites to enter the building trades and gain important hands-on experience. The Assembly […]

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11.08.2017

Will fewer licenses make it easier to work? Arizona is a test case

Occupational licensing is one of the frontiers of liberty. And, over the next few years, Arizona will be a place to watch on this frontier. Arizona has some of the most restrictive occupational licensing laws in the country, particularly when it comes to restrictions for middle and low income jobs. That said, Arizona was also […]

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10.31.2017

Libertarian Cliff Hyra Challenges Republican And Democratic Candidates For Governor

Libertarian Cliff Hyra, hopes to use the position of governor to respond to the growing change in Virginia. To cope with what he sees as a struggling economy, Hyra said that he wants to end what he calls job-killing business taxes such as the Business, Professional and Occupational License tax that taxes gross receipts. He […]

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10.30.2017

Helping Globalization’s Losers

Economic theory suggests that regional inequalities should diminish as poorer, cheaper places attract investment and grow faster than richer ones. The 20th century bore out that theory, as income gaps narrowed across American states and European regions. No longer. Now affluent places are pulling away from poorer ones. This geographical divergence has dramatic consequences. In […]

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10.29.2017

Getting Veterans Back to Work

Reform efforts backed by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the federal departments of Defense and Labor, the National Governors Association, and various veterans groups have pressured state lawmakers to change dozens of licensing laws. For anyone hoping to enact broader reforms of America’s often anti-competitive occupational licensing rules, there are lessons to be learned from […]

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10.26.2017

Gov. Wolf Orders review of Professional Licensing System in Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order to begin the review of the professional licensing system in Pennsylvania. The governor wants to ensure that the State’s licensing requirements are equal to the standards across the United States. He wants to make sure that those applying for professional licenses are free from unnecessary barriers to opportunity. […]

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10.26.2017

Stuck! The Law and Economics of Residential Stagnation

The Article argues that governments, mostly at the state and local levels, have created a huge number of legal barriers to interstate mobility. Land-use laws and occupational licensing regimes limit entry into local and state labor markets. Different eligibility standards for public benefits, public employee pension policies, homeownership subsidies, state and local tax regimes, and […]

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10.26.2017

Trump Made the Swamp Worse. Here’s How to Drain It.

Four key policy areas shed light on the growth of this political-economic swamp — financial regulation, intellectual property, occupational licensing and zoning. They show that the swamp isn’t confined to Washington; it can also be found in 50 state capitals and countless local jurisdictions. Courts at all levels need to be less deferential to regulatory […]

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10.26.2017

Richmond regional economy paces state as jobs loom large in governor’s race

In a political debate over whether Virginia’s economy is a glass half full or empty, it’s clear that business in the Richmond region is brimming. The Richmond region added jobs faster than any other and almost matched Northern Virginia in the actual number of jobs created over 12 months through the end of September. The […]

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10.24.2017

Reduce Licensing for More Jobs

The authors estimate that if licensing regulations for ten occupations were reduced to the level in the least burdensome state, employment in those professions would increase by 4.5 percent nationwide. Reducing these requirements would create a significant number of opportunities for people looking for work. The extent to which states license occupations can vary widely […]

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10.10.2017

Commentary: How Red Tape Ties Up Hurricane Recovery

Government can often be more hindrance than help in the wake of a natural disaster. The hardest-hit communities in Texas and Florida are bracing for yearslong recoveries, and senseless state occupational licensing laws, coupled with current federal tax code, will make their task even harder. While we wait for Congress to act on tax reform, […]

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10.10.2017

Editorial: Licensure reform must stay in focus for Legislature

The Nebraska Legislature has recently come out strongly in favor of examining and reducing these burdens. Roughly 200 jobs require occupational licenses, according to the Platte Institute; some of the standards reside in state code, while others are written and governed by industry and trade groups. This session alone, senators introduced 23 bills that would […]

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10.09.2017

*AFP-FL lauds House bill to slash occupational license regulations

Conservative group Americans for Prosperity Florida praised a House proposal that would relax regulations on some professional licenses and nix certain requirements for registering new ventures with the state. HB 15 would free up entrepreneurs who work as hair braiders and wrappers, manicurists, pedicurists and makeup artists by allowing them to nearly skip registration altogether, […]

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10.09.2017

Gov. Rick Scott Issues Updates on State Action to Assist Puerto Rico

Governor Rick Scott directed the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) Secretary Jonathan Zachem to issue an Emergency Order suspending all fees required for occupational license applications for residents of Puerto Rico who were impacted by Hurricane Maria and are now in Florida. This includes over 50 different individual professional license types, such […]

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10.09.2017

Nevada delegates invited to national consortium

Nevada was one of 11 states selected to participate in the consortium, which also includes Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Utah and Wisconsin. The consortium, which is set to hold its first meeting in December is anticipated to focus on key populations facing the greatest barriers to licensure, including skilled immigrants, those […]

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10.04.2017

America’s regulation burden, in 5 charts

The Obama Council of Economic Advisers ended strong, and the Trump CEA may be picking up right where they left off. The council is out with a report and literature review on regulation. Certainly not every regulation is a bad one or is preventing sustainable and balanced economic growth. But some do, and the report […]

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10.03.2017

North Carolina Confronts Misclassification: What Your Organization Needs to Know About the Employee Fair Classification Act

The recently enacted Employee Fair Classification Act (EFCA) codifies provisions of an executive order signed in 2015 and, for the first time, requires employers to report their compliance in properly classifying employees with state occupational licensing boards and commissions.

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10.03.2017

Health coach sues state’s health department

A northwest Florida “health coach” has filed a lawsuit in Tallahassee federal court after the Department of Health slapped her with a cease and desist order because she doesn’t have an occupational license. Heather Kokesch Del Castillo sued in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida on First Amendment grounds Tuesday after […]

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10.03.2017

Proposal to de-license occupations gains steam in Senate

A Senate committee recently passed two bills that set up a process to potentially de-license professionals. Senate Bill 288 establishes a partisan appointed council that reviews licensing, registration or other state approval for all occupation and professional licensing in Wisconsin. Senate Bill 296 creates a process for self-certification that allows a person to claim “state […]

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09.28.2017

To reduce crime

To reduce our property-crime rates: Simply lessen occupational licensing requirements. The Mercatus Center just released a policy brief that highlights Arkansas’ excessive licensure regime. Arkansas regulates more occupations than almost every other state and needs reform. Licensing regulations are often outdated, harsh, and ineffective. We can be bold and remove licensing requirements for occupations that […]

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09.26.2017

Occupational Review Boards Need More Transparency

Occupational licensing presents another problem: a lack of transparency about how occupational review boards operate. Last Friday, the news broke that Arizona State Board of Cosmetology Director Donna Aune’s credit and travel funds had been deactivated by the state Department of Administration. The reason? An audit revealed questionable spending of public money. This lack of […]

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09.26.2017

Op-Ed: Time to fight the rising tide of occupational licensing in Ohio

Recently, there has been a flood of potentially harmful legislation that risks undercutting Ohio’s prosperity. Bad bills that expand burdensome occupational licensing requirements to an ever-larger number of Ohioans remains a serious impediment to creating an economically prosperous state where people are able to pursue job opportunities and career advancement without needing to seek costly, […]

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09.25.2017

The right to earn a living deserves protection. Arizona’s recent Right to Earn a Living Act should serve as a framework for the rest of the country to follow

As people have started to realize the damage being done by over-regulating the market, in April, Arizona passed SB 1437, better known as The Right to Earn a Living Act. This act has two purposes, the first one being to raise the standard of review when it comes to occupational licensing. Before the law was […]

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09.25.2017

Study Says U.S. Economic Expansion is Unevenly Spread

The study, by the Economic Innovation Group, finds that a small number of high-growth cities and towns are fueling U.S. growth and masking economic struggles in decaying industrial towns, swaths of the rural South and other areas of the country. John Lettieri, co-founder and senior policy director at EIG, pointed to policies that might help […]

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09.22.2017

States realizing it’s stupid to make it hard to earn a living

Eleven states have joined a coalition to tackle licensing reform, and it seems like there are more articles in the mainstream press pointing out the harm that results from restricting entry into the labor force. This comes on the heels of a White House report and numerous third-party studies pointing out problems with occupational licensure […]

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09.13.2017

Yes, Licensing Boards Are Cartels:

Licensing boards are perhaps the most powerful labor institution in American history. The best estimates available suggest roughly 30 percent of American workers are now required to get a license before they can enter the workforce. The “dirty secret behind licensing boards,” Rebecca Allensworth, a professor of law at Vanderbilt University, told the House Judiciary […]

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09.12.2017

Schneider: Wipe Wisconsin’s occupational license slate clean

Naturally, those pushing for licenses argue that such regulation is needed to maintain standards — but even President Obama’s administration rejected that notion, writing while “quality” is difficult to measure, “most research does not find licensing improves quality or public health and safety.” The Wisconsin Legislature has taken steps to correct the licensure burden; in […]

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09.08.2017

New Bill Would Reduce License Requirements For Cosmetologists

State lawmakers are once again considering changing regulations on cosmetologists, after eliminating a manager’s license last year. Now, there’s a bill that would reduce the amount of training needed to get a cosmetology license while focusing on developing apprenticeships instead. Democratic Senator Charleta Tavares says the idea is to cut debt for students who attend […]

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09.06.2017

How to save the Rust Belt

Both parties have a political imperative to aid the Rust Belt, but neither has the capacity to solve the biggest economic problem in the region: a decade long decline in startup activity. How do we fix that? Congress should start by looking at Race to the Top. The government can design a similar program for […]

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09.05.2017

That plumber a plumber? You won’t know under new proposal to dump occupational licenses in Wisconsin

There is plenty of criticism on rushed legislative moves in Madison to dump some occupational licensing in Wisconsin. The big business-backed move could mean that plumber you hire might not even be a plumber in the future. Among the critics is Democratic state rep, Gordon Hintz. The new proposals includes a plan to have a […]

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09.05.2017

State lawmakers consider changes to cosmetology training rules

It has been a year since Ohio legislature passed a bill into law that reformed the cosmetology industry in the state, and now lawmakers are back at it. State Senator Charleta Tavares and Senator Kris Jordan introduced SB 129 to the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee Tuesday afternoon. The lawmakers want to reduce the […]

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09.05.2017

Antitrust Nomination Among Unfinished Congress Items

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) sponsors legislation to encourage states to minimize the use of occupational licensing that ranges from real estate to dog sitting. Such state requirements are stifling entrepreneurship and costing consumers billions of dollars. The bill (S. 1649), introduced in July, would create a limited antitrust exemption for licensing boards on the condition […]

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09.04.2017

Uncle Gubmint’s shoe-shining racket

If we’re going to celebrate Labor Day — and the American worker — properly, we need to take a look at what’s holding workers back. We shouldn’t sneer at Labor Day; after all, work does meaning to life and should therefore be celebrated. But probably the biggest impediment to the American labor is the government […]

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09.04.2017

Sen. Laura Ebke puts independence on the line

Laura Ebke hasn’t pulled the trigger yet, but Nebraska’s Libertarian state senator is on course to seek re-election next year. Ebke’s legislative priorities next year will include a bill to institute widespread occupational-licensing reform and she is hoping to see a breakthrough in prison reform progress that will result in a decline of population in […]

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09.03.2017

Where Are the People?

Occupational licensing reform is another way to promote the welfare of the wage earner. Protecting the public should be the primary concern of occupational licensing. Additionally, what is the governmental interest in a particular occupation, and then, what should the government’s role be? The Licensing Task Force is creating a tool for policymakers to determine […]

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09.01.2017

Strong jobs data usually means high wages — not this time

Friday’s September jobs report shows the country’s labor market had another strong month. This is certainly good news, but we may not see a corresponding bump in wage growth until we tackle our productivity problem. There is evidence that less federal regulation would boost worker productivity and GDP growth. The Trump administration has promised to […]

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08.31.2017

Occupational-Licensing Reform Can Improve Upward Mobility for Low-Income and Military Families

Licensing laws disproportionately harm two groups in particular: those trapped in poverty and military families. Groups politically diverse as Obama’s White House and the House Freedom Caucus agree, and this bipartisan consensus has led to real reforms at the state level. Leaders championing reforms are breaking barriers to opportunity. Recently, Arizona representative Weninger sponsored a […]

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08.30.2017

Antitrust Attorney Opposes Proposed Licensing Board Immunity Bill, The Restoring Board Immunity Act of 2017

Bona Law attorney Aaron Gott criticized a proposal in the U.S. Senate to give immunity to professional licensing boards in a blog post Tuesday, August 23, arguing that the bill would do little to reform overburdensome state occupational licensing laws while taking away the most effective tool for curbing anticompetitive abuses by boards. Gott argues […]

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08.29.2017

Seventh Circuit Rules Cosmetology Students Are Not Employees

The Seventh Circuit analyzed the potential tests for determining whether a student is an employee. It concluded that the district court was “rightly skeptical about the utility of this plethora of ‘factors’” tests—including the U.S. Department of Labor’s six-part internship test. Rather, the Seventh Circuit followed the U.S. Supreme Court’s precedent from Walling v. Portland […]

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08.29.2017

Where Are the People?

“This bill does not allow for public debate…is the public even aware? You’re not allowing the public to have adequate input into this issue,” testified Stephanie Bloomingdale. Bloomingdale represented many workers who just found out about bills that set up a process to rid of occupational licensing. The bills, SB 288 and 296, set up […]

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08.17.2017

Rep. Issa and Sen. Lee: Job Licensing Is Too Often Bad for Jobs

For jobs with direct impact on health or public safety, the government has a legitimate role to play in protecting customers from unscrupulous or dangerous actors in the marketplace. Many occupational licensing requirements have little to do with ensuring safety — and a lot to do with keeping people out of work. Last week Congress […]

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08.17.2017

Congress Takes Aim At Cronyism-By-Licensing

Last week, legislation was introduced in Congress aimed at reducing the abuse of licensing laws for protectionist purposes. The law encourages states to eliminate any licensing law that is more about protecting the profits of politically favored businesses than reducing real risks to public health or safety. This legislation arises in response to 2014 U.S. […]

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08.16.2017

The Onerous, Arbitrary, Unaccountable World of Occupational Licensing

In many places, before one can become a makeup artist, taxidermist, massage therapist, and so on, one must first jump through a variety of hoops—attending classes, taking exams, and paying fees—mostly set at the state level. In theory, such licensing protects consumers from being harmed by incompetent or fraudulent providers. In practice, however, the process […]

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08.16.2017

Lawmakers call for major expansion of N.J.’s vo-tech schools

New Jersey’s vocational-technical schools, including some of the state’s top specialized high schools, are turning away students and need an influx of cash to upgrade and expand, top state lawmakers said Tuesday. “Expanding high-quality vocational-technical education is critical to our state’s future economic growth and the prosperity of our workforce,” Sweeney said at a press […]

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08.14.2017

Senate Bill Promises Antitrust Immunity to Boards That Reform Licensure in Latest State Action Defense Development

Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) recently introduced a bill that would extend a limited state action immunity to state licensure boards only if states implement reforms that reduce occupational licensing restrictions. In a panel discussion on August 9, Acting FTC Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen stated the goals of the […]

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08.14.2017

Editorial: Reducing an occupational burden

With the help of a task force headed by Labor Commissioner Melissa McLawhorn Houston, Oklahoma might be coming to its senses. Two smart initiatives have already come from the task force’s work that will be included in the final report: a centralized licensure database and a questionnaire that will help determine whether a particular occupation […]

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08.13.2017

2018 Will Be First Class To Graduate Under New Career-Focused Guidelines

River Road ISD Superintendent Richard Kelley uses a whiteboard to track how many of the district’s high school graduates have gone on to college…Kelley wasn’t happy with what his white board showed for the Class of 2016. The 1,300-student district is starting the school year with a ribbon cutting for a new cosmetology center and […]

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08.11.2017

How Much-Criticized Occupational Licenses May Reduce Pay Inequality

A study by Clemson University economists Peter Blair and Bobby Chung purports to show that occupational licenses, which legally permit workers to do certain jobs like barbering or pest control, reduce income inequality between men and women and between whites and African Americans. According to the report, occupations that require licensing see a decline in […]

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08.11.2017

Joe Haveman: The trouble behind Michigan’s unemployment rate

New economic data shows Michigan hit a milestone many thought unthinkable just a few years ago, the unemployment rate dropped below 4%. The statistics about a declining labor force, the lurking problem that has long plagued the state, tells this story. The state’s labor force participation rate is currently less than 62%. Meanwhile, there are […]

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08.11.2017

Bill illuminates licensing, criminal penalties

It’s possible for people to commit a crime in North Carolina without even realizing it. They’re not burglars or con artists, but rather just people who are trying to make a living. Each of their stories has one thing in common: occupational licensing. Unlike traditional crimes, the offenses don’t require that a person know their […]

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08.10.2017

Occupational licensing reform a bipartisan goal

Something the Trump and Obama administrations agree on: occupational licensing laws need to be reformed. In a speech delivered July 21, U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta called on state legislators to reform occupational licensing laws he argues are too often used “to limit competition, bar entry, or create a privileged class.” While upwards of one-in-four […]

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08.10.2017

SFU database tracks occupational licensing

The Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation at St. Francis University launched a national database on Thursday that will document and track the occupational licensing regulations of thousands of professions across the nation. The database, which is free and now open to the public, has collected regulatory information that affects multiple professions. The center […]

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08.10.2017

Occupational licensing reform a bipartisan goal

Something the Trump and Obama administrations agree on: occupational licensing laws need to be reformed. In a speech delivered July 21, U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta called on state legislators to reform occupational licensing laws he argues are too often used “to limit competition, bar entry, or create a privileged class.” While upwards of one-in-four […]

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07.15.2017

Startups and Old Guard Spar Across U.S. on Noncompete Pacts

Idaho achieved a notable distinction last year: It became one of the hardest places in America for someone to quit a job for a better one. The state did this by making it easier for companies to enforce noncompete agreements, which prevent employees from leaving their company for a competitor. The growth of restrictive employment […]

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07.14.2017

Connecticut makes it seven

In 2015, a review by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics found “only eight instances of the de-licensing of occupations over the past 40 years.” Since 2016, I reported in May, there had been six new instances of states de-licensing occupations. Now it’s seven. The ice-jam on occupational licensing continues to break with Connecticut’s reforms

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07.14.2017

Nutmeggers Crack Open Occupational Licensing Laws

Children in grade school are used to asking for a permission slip to do anything outside the classroom—use the restroom, see a counselor, or start a club. It might seem like a no-brainer that working adults shouldn’t need similar permission slips to repair swimming pools—under pain of, not afterschool detention, but arrest and imprisonment. But […]

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07.13.2017

Find your skill set to succeed

Through my work on the Education and the Workforce Committee, Republicans and Democrats are joining together to help bridge the skills gap by prioritizing skills-focused education. We recently passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, through our Committee and then on the House floor, by a unanimous vote. The bill […]

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07.12.2017

King Cosponsors Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Ease Burdensome Occupational Licensing Requirements

U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today announced his support for a bipartisan occupational licensing reform bill that would give state governments the tools to help initiate reforms to ensure bureaucratic requirements are not creating unnecessary barriers for those seeking to enter the workforce. The New Hope and Opportunity through the Power of Employment Act (New […]

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07.12.2017

Back To The Starting Line On Regulating For-Profit Colleges

Betsy DeVos has put the brakes on two Obama-era regulations aimed at protecting student borrowers. Beginning with two public hearings this week, one in Washington, D.C., on Monday and a second Wednesday in Dallas, the Education Department is asking stakeholders to go back to the starting line. On Monday, speaker after speaker in favor of […]

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07.11.2017

Platte argues for swifter occupational licensing reform

The business-oriented Platte Institute on Tuesday urged the Legislature to accelerate the pace of occupational licensing reforms, arguing that such action would create new jobs and spur business activity in the state.”We’ve still got too much red tape on the books and the Legislature won’t be able to make enough of an impact by picking […]

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07.11.2017

Nebraska to See Renewed Push for Job Licensing Changes

Nebraska’s occupational licensing requirements will continue to face scrutiny from advocates and lawmakers who view some as unnecessary barriers to creating more jobs. The Platte Institute for Economic Development said Tuesday it will keep pursuing the issue along with lawmakers who are researching different licensing requirements before next year’s session.

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07.11.2017

Platte Institute’s progress report on occupational licensing reform

There are nearly 200 occupations in Nebraska that require a license for that job. Platte Institute’s Director of Government Relations Nicole Fox was a state senator when she was approached by a woman who was running a hair braiding business out of her home. She was in violation of state law because she was braiding […]

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07.10.2017

Licenses should cross state lines

The freedom to move in pursuit of opportunity is a basic — and constitutionally protected — American value. Yet it’s a value in decline. American workers are half as likely to relocate to another state as previous generations. Lower mobility may be one reason why job openings in the U.S. are at an all-time high. […]

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07.10.2017

Dreamers denied: DACA students unable to obtain occupational licenses, in-state tuition

Hernandez, 20, is one of more than 780,000 immigrants nationwide, and 7,061 in South Carolina, known as Dreamers — young people who came to the U.S. at an early age with their undocumented parents. In 2012, then-President Barack Obama gave Dreamers some legal protections under a program called DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA […]

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07.10.2017

Occupational Licensing Hinders the American Dream

More than a quarter of the American labor force requires a state license to work, a five-fold increase since the 1950s. Occupational licensing imposes restrictions on competition in every reach of the modern economy — with pernicious effects. According to a report issued by President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors, such laws have been estimated […]

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07.08.2017

Gov. Doug Ducey: Ex inmates in Arizona’s fire-crew program given a real second chance:

“Our goal is to give people the tools they need to improve their lives, help them see value in themselves (maybe for the first time in their lives), and offer them a concrete way of paying back their communities. Whether that means analyzing the effects of outdated occupational licensing processes on individuals with criminal records […]

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07.08.2017

Another View: Real jobs agenda is built on the future, not the past

Artificial intelligence is threatening new swathes of the labor force. Researchers at the University of Oxford estimate that nearly half of all U.S. jobs – about 69 million – are vulnerable, particularly such low-wage occupations as office clerks, food servers and cashiers. The main government retraining program, Trade Adjustment Assistance, focuses on manufacturing jobs that […]

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07.07.2017

How the Feds Could Reform Crazy State Licensing Laws

Many occupational-licensing laws are beyond absurd, acting as barriers to employment rather than ensuring the safety and quality of license-holders’ work. In some states, you need a license to be a hair braider. In others, you need one to tell stories. The good news for reformers is that the public has become more aware of […]

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06.26.2017

Hair Braiding Freedom Coalition Calls on the New Jersey Legislature to Pass Occupational Licensing Reform

Today, Generation Opportunity and Institute of Justice are supporting the bi-partisan launch of the New Jersey Hair Braiding Freedom Coalition at a press conference at the State House. The press conference will feature New Jersey professional hair braiders who have been harmed by overly-burdensome occupational licensing requirements. New Jersey has made it illegal for hair […]

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06.26.2017

CUT CRIME BY REPEALING USELESS OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING REGULATIONS

There is a movement to ban employers from asking if a job applicant has a criminal history. The idea is to help ex-cons get back into the workforce so that they don’t return to a life of crime. Occupational licensing regulations make it harder for them to find a job. Reason magazine notes that a […]

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06.26.2017

The Positive Side of Licensing Barbers

Occupational licensing, Milton Friedman declared in his 1962 classic “Capitalism and Freedom,” is an affront to freedom and a check on economic dynamism — a modern, Western equivalent of medieval guilds and Indian castes. “Licensure,” he wrote, “almost inevitably becomes a tool in the hands of a special producer group to obtain a monopoly position […]

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06.25.2017

Institute for Justice official: “Bottleneckers” prevent honest enterprise

Thanks to bottleneckers, today, one-fourth of Oklahoma’s workforce is licensed. During the 1950s, about 5 percent of Americans needed a government-issued license to work. Oklahoma’s licenses are particularly onerous for workers and entrepreneurs. According to a report by the Institute for Justice, Oklahoma has the 11th-most burdensome licensing laws in the nation.

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06.25.2017

Doug Loon: A productive legislative session that prepares Minnesota for the future

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce works every day to strengthen the state’s business environment. Our premise is simple: As businesses flourish, so do the lives of Minnesotans. On that note, Minnesotans should be pleased with the outcomes of the 2017 Legislature. This past session was one of the most productive and results-driven we’ve seen in […]

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06.25.2017

Cosmetology School Owner Convicted of Pell Grant Fraud:

A cosmetology school’s owner has been convicted of charges she forged and falsified students’ financial aid records to steal more than $100,000 in federal grant money. A federal jury on Thursday found 58-year-old Alden Hall guilty of charges of theft of government funds, fraudulently obtaining financial assistance funds and money laundering. The Baton Rouge resident […]

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06.22.2017

Cornyn Bill to Ease Burdensome Occupational Licensing Requirements Passes House

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after language from his New Hope and Opportunity through the Power of Employment Act (New HOPE Act), included in the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353), passed the House of Representatives today. “We should be doing all we can to […]

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06.21.2017

New England is trying to untangle hair braid licensing

The latest legislative trend to weave its way through New England? Efforts to deregulate hair braiding. In New Hampshire, Governor Chris Sununu signed a law last week exempting the practice from cosmetology licensing laws, marking a victory for hair braiders. Prior to this, braiders had to become licensed cosmologists — a process that took over […]

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06.16.2017

‘Braid Free or Die!’ NH Ends Onerous Licensing For Hair Braiding

After years of struggle, lives lost in the Revolution fighting to disconnect from the Brits and their heavy-handed taxes, regulations, invasive searches, copious work to add a Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution, and all the efforts to try to get the politicians to actually conform to their own so-called “rule book,” folks can […]

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06.16.2017

Trump’s apprentice plan is good for America; it could be even better

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order which is designed to make it easier for businesses and industry groups to create apprenticeship programs. The move could fill thousands of jobs and is potentially a first step to weakening occupational licensing cartels. Trump’s executive order calls for rerouting funds to learn-to-earn job training programs […]

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06.15.2017

Texas is deregulating eyebrow threading

San Antonio is home to hundreds of eyebrow threading salons. Threading offers an alternative to waxing, and even men are catching on to the trend. But a recently passed Senate bill might make you re-think the beauty trick. Up until recently, eyebrow threading technicians had to undergo up to 750 hours’ worth of cosmetology training […]

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06.15.2017

Abbott vetoes 50 bills passed by Legislature

Gov. Greg Abbott has vetoed 50 bills that were passed during the regular legislative session, his office announced Thursday. That’s several more than he vetoed following the last session and the most a governor has doled out since 2007. Abbott offered a number of common explanations for his vetoes, calling the bills unnecessary, too costly […]

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06.14.2017

Young people need skills to adapt to career change

The authors say that young people starting careers should be equipped with the education and skills needed to adapt to career changes; and that older workers who become displaced should receive assistance in finding new jobs and retraining for new careers. Government shouldn’t provide the jobs or training but should, the authors say, offer tax […]

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06.13.2017

Idaho: executive order to review occupational licensing requirements

Idaho’s lieutenant governor has issued an executive order calling for a comprehensive review of occupational licensing requirements in the state. State agencies must submit a report by July 1, 2018, assessing whether licensing requirements are necessary for the public interest. Agencies will need to report prerequisites for a license, criteria for acceptance or denial of […]

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06.09.2017

Why Universal Basic Income and tax breaks won’t save us from the jobless future

In a paper titled “A New Deal for the Twenty-First Century,” Edward Alden and Bob Litan, of the Council on Foreign Relations, propose solutions for retraining the workforce. Government shouldn’t provide the jobs or training but should, the authors say, offer tax incentives and insurance, facilitate job mobility, and reform occupational licensing. To encourage employees […]

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06.08.2017

FTC highlights new economic liberty task force

In an effort to highlight the work of its new economic liberty task force, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently launched new pages on its website to promote the policy initiative, the first enacted by Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen. The task force is intended to address regulatory issues that might hinder job growth. The […]

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06.07.2017

Reviewing Idaho’s occupational licenses

On May 19, Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little signed an executive order directing various state agencies and departments to review their regulation of a wide swath of Idaho occupations, including accountants, cosmetologists, podiatrists, dentists, psychologists, plumbers, geologists, real estate agents, athletic trainers, contractors, midwives and more. As a Republican candidate for Idaho governor in 2018, […]

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06.07.2017

Makeup Artist Vetoes Idaho’s First Lady After Governor Vetoed Cosmetology Licensing Reforms

Japhet is a freelance makeup artist from Boise, Idaho. She’s worked in the business for more than 20 years, but without a license. In April, Otter vetoed a bill that would, among other things, have exempted makeup artists like Japhet from having to offering their services only in licensed salons. The common sense reforms sailed […]

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06.07.2017

New laws set to take effect July 31st

New Arkansas laws passed by the legislature in the 2017 general session are set to take effect July 31st.Cosmetology students will now be required to be trained in domestic violence and sexual assault awareness.

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06.06.2017

Feds moving to roll back occupational licensing is good news for American workers

It isn’t uncommon for regulators with worthy goals nevertheless to act in ways that create unintended consequences and do more harm than good. But the Federal Trade Commission’s new Task Force offers an exception that proves the rule – a regulatory body that works to lower anticompetitive barriers that impose big costs on American workers.

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06.03.2017

Do you have a license to mow that lawn? 5 ways occupational licensing laws hurt (almost) everyone

Occupational licensing is crippling the labor market. First, and most obviously, occupational licensing is a barrier to entry — it enriches some people at the expense of others. Second, occupational licensing turns us against one another and erodes the fabric of civil society.

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06.01.2017

“Starve the Beast” Fails in the Sunflower State

Kansas Republicans have decisively repudiated starve-the-beast tax-cutting that the state’s doctrinaire conservative governor imposed a half-decade ago in the wake of the Tea Party wave. Starve the beast—or an effort to cut off government revenue streams in the hopes that government will need to shrink down the road—might make sense when conservatives are working from […]

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05.31.2017

Hays CISD students graduating career-ready with valuable licenses

The Hays Consolidated Independent School District says it is graduating students who are career-ready and hoping to fill a shortage of employees across a number of industries. “Many of these students will go to college after this, but they can work their way through college and make a really good salary along the way,” said […]

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05.30.2017

A TX house bill could change the time it takes to receive a cosmetology license

The House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee heard House Bill 2407 by state Rep. Craig Goldman, R-Fort Worth. House Bill 2407 is a proposal that would clip the amount of time it takes to get a cosmetology license. More than 30 people testified on HB 2407 during the hearing, with several hairstylists and advocates arguing […]

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05.30.2017

California bill would eliminate impact assessments for Cal/OSHA standards

A Senate Bill that would eliminate the need for new or revised Cal/OSHA standards to undergo in-depth economic assessment is one step closer to passage. Eight other occupational safety and health-related bills currently in the legislature could also affect California businesses if they are passed. One Senate Bill affecting occupational safety and health has passed […]

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05.25.2017

Governor Sandoval Signs 12 Bills on Thursday

Governor Brian Sandoval signed 12 bills into law on Thursday including Assembly Bill 195 – AN ACT relating to cosmetology; providing for the temporary suspension of certain licenses and certificates of registration; revising provisions governing the State Board of Cosmetology; revising provisions governing instructors of various cosmetology professionals; revising provisions relating to the licensure or […]

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05.25.2017

How many recent grads will find themselves licensed out of a job?

According to the Brookings Institution, fully 30 percent of professions in the United States today require some kind of occupational license, up from just 5 percent in the 1950s. Shockingly, the United States now requires a greater proportion of its workforce to have occupational licenses than does the European Union. These requirements cost jobs, with […]

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05.24.2017

Trimming hair cutting regulation makes sense in Idaho

The issuing of Executive Order 2017-06 by Lieutenant Governor Brad Little is a welcome development as a number of states reconsider the costs and benefits of occupational licensing. According to a report completed by the Institute for Justice, Idaho ranks near the middle with respect to the number of low-income occupations licensed and among the […]

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05.23.2017

America’s declining mobility has millennials feeling stuck

According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of Americans moving over a one-year period fell to an all-time low of 11.2 percent last year. What’s puzzling, says Richard Fry, a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center, is that, especially for millennials, it would appear the trend should be leveling […]

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05.23.2017

How to Make the Service Economy Really Deliver

Over the past century, as the economic historian Stephen Broadberry has shown, services, not manufacturing, have been key to explaining which countries are moving up or down the international productivity league table. Some of the largest productivity gaps between economies can be found in low-wage parts of the service sector, leaving lots of “catch-up” potential […]

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05.23.2017

‘Getting A License In This State Has Been A Nightmare’

Bradford Collins was told that all of his experience, all of his training, and the certification that came with it, amounted to nothing when Collins, 46, moved to Green Bay six years ago to be closer to his kids. So, instead of doing the job on which he built a 14-year career, Collins is working […]

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05.23.2017

Editorial: Good sense from gubernatorial candidates Ed Gillespie and Tom Perriello

As the Democratic and Republican primaries approach, the candidates have been fleshing out their policy platforms. Monday brought two such developments: one from the GOP’s Ed Gillespie and one from Democrat Tom Perriello. [Gillespie] suggested a series of measures aimed at clearing away the regulatory red tape that interferes with job creation. The commonwealth is […]

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05.23.2017

Rhode Island House passes bill to deregulate hair braiding

The Rhode Island House of Representatives has passed legislation that would deregulate the business of African-style hair braiding, which practitioners say is a cultural tradition and art form that shouldn’t be subject to cosmetology rules. The House unanimously passed the bill Tuesday. It now moves to the Senate. It would exempt natural hair braiders from […]

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05.23.2017

Thriving without a license

What do auctioneers, butter tasters, florists, hair braiders, makeup artists and taxidermists all have in common? They need permission from the government, in the form of an occupational license, to do their jobs. Of course, some occupational licenses are necessary to protect consumers from genuine health and safety risks. Too often, though, special-interest groups promote […]

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05.22.2017

Licensing Is Barrier For Wisconsin’s Workers, Lawmaker Says

Imagine a skilled barber. They’ve learned the trade from others, and are as talented as their colleagues in the business. Here’s the kicker: They’re unlicensed, and can’t afford to go through the required coursework to get licensed. Wisconsin State Rep. Rob Hutton, R-Brookfield, said this scenario is more common than many may believe. He is […]

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05.22.2017

Mimicking Trump, Gillespie calls for eliminating 2 Virginia regulations for every new 1 added

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie wants to eliminate or modernize two state regulations for every new one that’s implemented as part of a sweeping plan to overhaul Virginia’s regulatory environment in an effort to help businesses grow. Gillespie’s plan also calls for deregulating professions where there is no harm to the public or consumers, making […]

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05.21.2017

OPINION: Libertarians on the prowl for licensing boards

Quoting a dubious bit of research, Mark Holden, senior vice president of Koch Industries, alleged in an opinion piece sent to North Dakota newspapers last year that repeal of occupational licenses would create 3 million new jobs and save consumers over $200 billion. He suggested that lawmakers consider how licensing regulations “stand in the way […]

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05.19.2017

Little issues executive order to review all of Idaho’s occupational licensing laws, rules

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little, serving as acting governor today, signed an executive order to launch a review of Idaho’s occupational licensing requirements, after a big legislative fight this year over changes to cosmetology licensing that ended up being vetoed by Gov. Butch Otter. Little, who is running for governor in 2018, titled his executive […]

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05.04.2017

Michigan Congressmen Introduce Bipartisan Licensing Bill

Occupational licensing laws are a growing and significant barrier to gainful employment, affecting more than one out of every five workers in Michigan. A bipartisan group of U.S. representatives and senators is proposing a reform that would take a look at these regulations.

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05.04.2017

Florida set to scale back training requirements for several jobs

Tallahassee, Fla., – The state of Florida is close to rolling back regulations on many jobs, especially in the salon and beauty industry. The Florida House and Senate have approved changes for Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and with the Governor’s signature, would mean several jobs would no longer require an occupational license, […]

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05.03.2017

Braiding Hair Without a License Is No Longer a Crime In Indiana, Thanks to New Law

Once tangled up by the state’s strict cosmetology laws, hair braiders in Indiana are now free to continue their practice without obtaining an occupational license. On Sunday, Indiana became the 22nd state to exempt natural and African-style hair braiding from its cosmetology laws. The bill, authored by Rep. Timothy Wesco (R) and Sen. Liz Brown […]

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05.03.2017

5 Ways Cosmetology Licensing Could Change

When you’re working behind the chair, you’re probably not thinking about your state’s license review committee or the threat of deregulation. But unfortunately, the industry is in the spotlight more and more with many states seeking to deregulate cosmetology licenses, meaning that anyone who wanted to be a hairdresser could simply be one without any […]

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05.03.2017

Congress Joins The Fight Against Occupational Licensing

On April 26, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) introduced the New HOPE Act, which would allow governors to use existing federal funds for technical education “to identify and eliminate excessive occupational licensure.” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has introduced similar legislation in the Senate. This bill follows the licensing reforms that Rep. Walberg unsuccessfully pushed last year. […]

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05.02.2017

Editorial: Occupational licensing often hurts those it’s supposed to help

The city of Detroit continues to be a textbook example of what not to do. Its poverty rate continues to climb, even as assistance from the state and federal government is increased; its schools are still an educational train wreck, despite the $617 million bailout from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder in 2016, and its tax […]

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04.27.2017

How Occupational Licensing Laws Are Fencing People Out Of Opportunity

America is waking up to a troubling prospect. For millions of Americans, particularly located at the lower end of the income scale, opportunity is diminished, economic mobility is scarce and hope is fleeting. Reversing the fortunes of this forgotten class of Americans can’t happen overnight, but government can remove and reform unnecessary barriers to entry […]

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