Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced plans to reform professional licensing in Michigan, writes Mackinac Center for Public Policy policy analyst Jarrett Skorup.
Gov. Snyder has proposed a set of principles to guide reform:
Skorup cites new research on the need for licensing refrom from the Brookings Institute, the Mercatus Center and the Pew Charitable Trusts, as well as Texas Gov. Greg Abbot’s proposal for reform, which the National Center for Policy Analysis noted, “Of all the proposals designed to help poor and lower-income people, this one deserves major kudos. It does not involve expansion of a massive government program, and it reduces the cost to those who wish to profit from their knowledge and skills. It will also boost economic growth and tax revenue, since studies indicate that such licensing reduces job growth by 20 percent.”
Perhaps Georgia can follow the lead of Michigan and Texas in the next legislative session.
When I served four terms in the state Senate, one of the few places where you could go to always and get concrete information about real solutions was the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. That hasn’t changed. [The Foundation] is really right up there at the top of the state think tanks, so you should be very proud of the work that they are doing!