by Jon Sanders
Director of the Center for Food, Power, and Life, Research Editor, John Locke Foundation
How hard is occupational licensing reform? This hard. In May 2015 the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics published a review of the previous four decades’ worth of de-licensing efforts, and here’s what they found:
our research of state legislative audit committee records, CLEAR reports, and various other sources has revealed only eight instances of the de-licensing of occupations over the past 40 years.
But it seems the ice jam of state occupational licensing is beginning to break.
After only eight successful attempts at de-licensing in 40 years, look what’s happened very recently: