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Check out the latest curation of industry news articles that bring awareness to the threat of deregulation and issues relevant to the FBIC.

Industry News

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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08.14.2017

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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