• Create protections for economic opportunity: Protect economic opportunity by creating a statutory right to an occupation; requiring proof of a clear, likely and well-established danger to the public, and ensuring that less restrictive means have been tried before resorting to professional licensing.
  • Reduce, convert and repeal: Examine existing occupational license requirements for opportunities to reduce qualifications for licensure such as the hours of training and “continuing education” required to obtain and retain certain licenses; convert license requirements to a less restrictive form of regulations such as inspections, bonding or voluntary certification; or repeal regulatory requirements.

Everyone has a right to work. Denying the dignity of work should require a high burden of proof. That’s why we need occupational licensing reform.

Resources / Further Reading:

A License to Kill Business,” Georgia Public Policy Foundation, May 18, 2012

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing,” May 2012

Reforming Occupational Licensing Policies,” The Brookings Institution, January 2015

How job licensing increases the cost of college,” The Washington Post, January 2015

Principles for Professional Licensing Reform from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

“How Occupational Licensing Harms the Young,” The Manhattan Institute, May 2015

Breaking Down the Barriers: Three Ways State and Local Governments Can Improve the Lives of the Poor,” Mercatus Center, July 2015

Occupational Licensing is Holding Back the American Dream,” Kauffman Foundation, July 2015

Licenses to Kill,” Wall Street Journal, August 31, 2015
How to Keep the Unemployed Out of Work,” Wall Street Journal, December 8, 2015

Guild By Association: N.C.’s Aggressive Occupational Licensing Hurts Job Creation and Raises Consumer Costs,” John Locke Foundation, January 2013

White House Report on Occupational Licensing, July 2015


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