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: