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More recently, however, the massage board has been considering requiring a massage and bodywork license from reflexologists.
More recently, however, the massage board has been considering requiring a massage and bodywork license from reflexologists.
 
Bill would eliminate provisions that broadly criminalize rules violations of certain occupational licensing boards
Bill would eliminate provisions that broadly criminalize rules violations of certain occupational licensing boards
 
Adam Thierer and Trace Mitchell write at Real Clear Policy that the Trump administration has highlighted the need for occupational licensing reform.
Adam Thierer and Trace Mitchell write at Real Clear Policy that the Trump administration has highlighted the need for occupational licensing reform.
 
The N.C. Senate on Wednesday, June 26, unanimously passed House Bill 770, which prevents occupational licensing boards from automatically denying a license because of a prior conviction.
The N.C. Senate on Wednesday, June 26, unanimously passed House Bill 770, which prevents occupational licensing boards from automatically denying a license because of a prior conviction.
 
Occupational licensing may have cost North Carolina more than 42,000 jobs and millions in economic losses, a new study from the Institute for Justice says.
Occupational licensing may have cost North Carolina more than 42,000 jobs and millions in economic losses, a new study from the Institute for Justice says.
 
Funeral director is not exactly the kind of enterprise someone is prepared to comparison-shop for, but still, as with other services, the more options, the better for consumers
Funeral director is not exactly the kind of enterprise someone is prepared to comparison-shop for, but still, as with other services, the more options, the better for consumers
 
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has added her state to the list of states working to restore the right to earn a living to their citizens
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has added her state to the list of states working to restore the right to earn a living to their citizens
 
It is strange, isn't it, that a state that may be indirectly responsible for touching off the de-licensing revolution among the states still hasn't joined that revolution
It is strange, isn't it, that a state that may be indirectly responsible for touching off the de-licensing revolution among the states still hasn't joined that revolution
 
In The Right to Earn a Living Act: A Well-Considered Answer to Licensing, I examined the first two statement of findings behind the Right to Earn a Living Act
In The Right to Earn a Living Act: A Well-Considered Answer to Licensing, I examined the first two statement of findings behind the Right to Earn a Living Act
 
Jon Sanders writes about a new report from the National Employment Law Project, which looks at how state occupational licensing laws make it difficult for people with arrest and conviction records to find work
Jon Sanders writes about a new report from the National Employment Law Project, which looks at how state occupational licensing laws make it difficult for people with arrest and conviction records to find work
 
Occupational licensing rules may be keeping people from moving across state lines and toward job opportunities, a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests
Occupational licensing rules may be keeping people from moving across state lines and toward job opportunities, a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests
 
It's the holidays. Time for good cheer, glad tidings and songs of the season. Good will to all, peace and joy
It's the holidays. Time for good cheer, glad tidings and songs of the season. Good will to all, peace and joy
 
North Carolina has some of the country's broadest and most onerous licensing laws, resulting in a ranking of 17th-worst, a new report says
North Carolina has some of the country's broadest and most onerous licensing laws, resulting in a ranking of 17th-worst, a new report says
 
Who should be required to get more training: An auto mechanic changing your faulty brakes, fixing your misaligned steering column, and replacing a leaky fuel pump - or a barber taking a little off the top?
Who should be required to get more training: An auto mechanic changing your faulty brakes, fixing your misaligned steering column, and replacing a leaky fuel pump - or a barber taking a little off the top?
 
This week, Governor Cooper signed the following bills into law
 
For half a century, making any reform to a state's occupational licensing system has been nigh on impossible
For half a century, making any reform to a state's occupational licensing system has been nigh on impossible
 
Civics class teaches us that each member of a legislative chamber has an equal vote. Crossover week at the N.C. General Assembly reminds us that some of those votes are more equal than others
Civics class teaches us that each member of a legislative chamber has an equal vote. Crossover week at the N.C. General Assembly reminds us that some of those votes are more equal than others
 
As hundreds of bills are filed in the General Assembly, I ask: What problem are lawmakers trying to solve? If there is one, what should government do about it
As hundreds of bills are filed in the General Assembly, I ask: What problem are lawmakers trying to solve? If there is one, what should government do about it
 
Military members who have earned an occupational license from another state shouldn't have to wait around as North Carolina bureaucrats decide about granting a license here, some legislators say
Military members who have earned an occupational license from another state shouldn't have to wait around as North Carolina bureaucrats decide about granting a license here, some legislators say
 
Here's one of those statements that seems like it can't be true and yet is firmly supported by the evidence: Americans don't move around as much as they used to.
Here's one of those statements that seems like it can't be true and yet is firmly supported by the evidence: Americans don't move around as much as they used to.
 
A legislative oversight committee decided on Tuesday to delay a push to eliminate and consolidate a number of occupational licensing boards.
A legislative oversight committee decided on Tuesday to delay a push to eliminate and consolidate a number of occupational licensing boards.
 
Last week I had the honor of speaking in favor of occupational licensing reform before a legislative oversight committee (you can view my presentation here)...
Last week I had the honor of speaking in favor of occupational licensing reform before a legislative oversight committee (you can view my presentation here)...
 
North Carolina requires occupational licensing for more than 700 professions, which generates an absurd amount of bureaucracy and red tape. Occupational licensing forces people to pay a fee, and often go through needless additional training, in order to legally practice their profession in the state
North Carolina requires occupational licensing for more than 700 professions, which generates an absurd amount of bureaucracy and red tape. Occupational licensing forces people to pay a fee, and often go through needless additional training, in order to legally practice their profession in the state
 
North Carolina could promote job creation, lower consumer prices, and boost opportunities for low-income families by replacing most of the state's occupational licensing with voluntary certification. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report explains why.
North Carolina could promote job creation, lower consumer prices, and boost opportunities for low-income families by replacing most of the state's occupational licensing with voluntary certification. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report explains why.
 
A U.S. Supreme Court decision that many opponents of restrictive occupational licensing rules saw as a victory for small-scale entrepreneurs may wind up being a setback, as the General Assembly's Program Evaluation Division wants to create an Occupational Licensing Commission to supervise...
A U.S. Supreme Court decision that many opponents of restrictive occupational licensing rules saw as a victory for small-scale entrepreneurs may wind up being a setback, as the General Assembly's Program Evaluation Division wants to create an Occupational Licensing Commission to supervise...
 
North Carolina is one of the more aggressive states in the nation in licensing occupations. This is a significant impediment to freedom in a state that once boasted, and ought to be able to again, of being "First in Freedom."
North Carolina is one of the more aggressive states in the nation in licensing occupations. This is a significant impediment to freedom in a state that once boasted, and ought to be able to again, of being "First in Freedom."
 
Late last year an audit of the State Board of Opticians determined that the board "will lack adequate funds to continue operating within the next year" and that, despite cost-cutting measures already undertaken, soon "will no longer be able to provide the licensing services and practitioner...
Late last year an audit of the State Board of Opticians determined that the board "will lack adequate funds to continue operating within the next year" and that, despite cost-cutting measures already undertaken, soon "will no longer be able to provide the licensing services and practitioner...
 
A new audit says that the State Board of Opticians is in financial straits and won't have enough money to continue operating without changes.
A new audit says that the State Board of Opticians is in financial straits and won't have enough money to continue operating without changes.
 
What can be done to help the poor is a perennial issue in politics, and with it comes what is to me a real puzzler. Why do those who seem most adamant that government programs are the best way to serve the needs of the poor also seem the least interested in whether those programs actually work?
What can be done to help the poor is a perennial issue in politics, and with it comes what is to me a real puzzler. Why do those who seem most adamant that government programs are the best way to serve the needs of the poor also seem the least interested in whether those programs actually work?
 
The Supreme Court has taken up a North Carolina case that could have far-reaching impacts on state licensure. Given that occupational licensing is a modern-day guild system making it harder for people to find work – or find workers – that would be an effect greatly to be wished.
The Supreme Court has taken up a North Carolina case that could have far-reaching impacts on state licensure. Given that occupational licensing is a modern-day guild system making it harder for people to find work – or find workers – that would be an effect greatly to be wished.
 
One of the most consistent findings in economic research is that occupational licensing restricts the supply of service providers in the licensed field and thereby drives up prices.
One of the most consistent findings in economic research is that occupational licensing restricts the supply of service providers in the licensed field and thereby drives up prices.
 
If you want a better understanding of why politicians do what they do, you have to look underneath the surface. You can't just accept what...
If you want a better understanding of why politicians do what they do, you have to look underneath the surface. You can't just accept what...
 
Occupational licensing has been a frequent target for our Bad Bill of the Week series, so it's not surprising that we didn't have to wait long into the 2013 General Assembly Session for a burdensome licensing bill to be filed in the General Assembly.
Occupational licensing has been a frequent target for our Bad Bill of the Week series, so it's not surprising that we didn't have to wait long into the 2013 General Assembly Session for a burdensome licensing bill to be filed in the General Assembly.
 
North Carolina features over 50 occupational licensing boards. The state licenses more occupations than most other states and is one of the more aggressive in licensing jobs for the poor or less educated.
North Carolina features over 50 occupational licensing boards. The state licenses more occupations than most other states and is one of the more aggressive in licensing jobs for the poor or less educated.
 
North Carolina's aggressive approach to occupational licensing raises prices and protects current members of a profession more than it protects consumers.
North Carolina's aggressive approach to occupational licensing raises prices and protects current members of a profession more than it protects consumers.
 
"The overthrow of the medieval guild system," wrote Milton Friedman in his seminal work Capitalism and Freedom, "was an indispensable early step in the rise of freedom in the Western world.
"The overthrow of the medieval guild system," wrote Milton Friedman in his seminal work Capitalism and Freedom, "was an indispensable early step in the rise of freedom in the Western world.
 
The specter of occupational licensing is once again growing in North Carolina, threatening to make it harder for people to find work. In this case the culprit is SB 447, a bill that would dramatically increase the licensing and regulation of landscape contractors in North Carolina.
The specter of occupational licensing is once again growing in North Carolina, threatening to make it harder for people to find work. In this case the culprit is SB 447, a bill that would dramatically increase the licensing and regulation of landscape contractors in North Carolina.
 
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