Regulatory excess takes a toll on taxpayers and results in bloated and unnecessary government. Millions of dollars could be saved by considering technological and contemporary efficiencies, not to mention unnecessary regulations – business licensing requirements, occupational licensing requirements and auto emissions regulations, to name a few.

A Telecommunications Policy Primer

A guide to understanding telecommunications laws and regulations in Michigan and the United States. Telecommunications technology has undergone tremendous leaps of progress throughout the past century

A Dream Deferred – Legal Barriers to African Hairbraiding

A first-of-its-kind nationwide study on African hairbraiders uncovers the tangled world of cosmetology laws. The District of Columbia government once threatened hairbraider Pamela Ferrell and her husband Talib-Din Uqdah with fines and jail time for practicing their craft without an unnecessary government license.

Aggressive Occupational Licensing Hurts Job Creation and Raises Consumer Costs

The supposed purpose for occupational licensing is to ensure safety and quality, but in practice, it protects current members of a profession from competition, while driving up the price of labor and services.

How to Keep the Unemployed Out of Work

Licensing is often just a way to thwart competition, and occupational licensing laws have a direct impact on economic growth and job creation. More than 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”

Licenses to Kill – Regulations Stymie Job Growth

Occupational licensing mandates undermine job creation and income growth, in particular for the least skilled and educated workers.

Occupational Licensing: A Barrier to Entrepreneurship

Occupational licensure requirements result in fewer practitioners, who can demand higher wages, while also stifling new business creation and innovation.

Breaking Down Barriers: State and Local Governments Can Improve the Lives of the Poor

One key factor preventing upward mobility is state and local regulations that make it more expensive and time-consuming for the poor to open new businesses or enter a new profession.

How Occupational Licensing Harms the Young

Occupational licensing, the requirement that people pass tests to gain government permission to work, is making it harder for young people to begin their careers. By keeping young people out of certain industries, or by making it prohibitively expensive and time-consuming for them to work, occupational licensing increases costs for all Americans and limit opportunity for those looking to enter the field of their choice.

A Much-Needed Move on Licensing

Occupational licensure laws require people to pay a fee and complete state-approved training before they are legally allowed to practice a trade. The public benefits of these laws have widely been found to be dubious, and Michigan's governor is taking action to address the problem.

How Job Licensing Increases the Cost of College

Studying the costs and benefits of occupational licensing and its impact on the cost of higher education. As states have tried to fill gaps in their budgets in recent decades, they have turned to collecting increased fees by requiring that more professionals get a license.

Brookings Institute – Reforming Occupational Licensing Policies

Evidence from economics literature suggests occupational licensing has had an important influence on wage determination, benefits, employment and prices in ways that impose net costs on society with little improvement to service quality, health and safety.

License to Work – Occupational Licensing Burdens in Georgia

Georgia licenses only 33 of the 102 occupations studied here, but it imposes the 18th most burdensome requirements on workers wishing to enter those occupations. On average, these licensing schemes cost Georgians $167 in fees and 324 days spent in training and require them to pass two exams.

License to Work – A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Today, more Americans than ever must get a government permission slip before they can earn an honest living, thanks to the spread of occupational licensing laws.

The “Right to Try” Experimental Health Care Methods

This fox news clip shows a discussion regarding weather or not citizens should have the right to try experimental, non-government approved health treatments if they so choose.

Occupational Licensing – The Challenging Landscape for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

Due to the increase in requirements for occupational licenses people are finding it harder and harder to start businesses. Since the 1950s the number of people required to have a license to work has gone from 1 in 20 to 1 in 3.

Occupational Licensing – Should You the Government’s Permission to Work?

Should you need the government's permission to work? Occupational licensing is becoming increasingly wide spread in America and it is becoming more and more difficult for young people to start a career in the work force.

Architectural Ordinances: Government Overreach vs. Home Rule

Local governments are stifling innovation, mandating aesthetics and materials, restricting designs and layouts, all while infringing upon the rights of private property owners.

Foundation President Kyle Wingfield Provides Testimony on ‘Architectural Ordinances’

Kyle Wingfield, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, was invited to provide testimony to the Georgia House Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee on February 20, 2019, regarding architectural ordinances. His prepared testimony is published below.



Make Civility and Civics a Winning Combo in 2019

Bob Hanner embraced a standard of statesmanship for Georgia.

2018 Victories: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

As 2018 dashes away like Donner and Blitzen, many Georgians will remember it as a year of major political transition. But 2018 also brought some substantial improvements to Georgians’ lives through better policy, much of it championed by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.