by Jon Sanders
Director of the Center for Food, Power, and Life, Research Editor | John Locke Foundation
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has added her state to the list of states working to restore the right to earn a living to their citizens. Earlier this month Martinez signed an executive order requiring an internal review by state agencies of their licenses and licensing requirements.
The goal of this review is “determining opportunities for potential consolidation of functions, increased efficiency, cost-savings, and the elimination of unnecessary regulatory burdens and processes.”
Martinez’s rationale and reforms will sound familiar to readers of John Locke Foundation’s work advocating occupational licensing reform in North Carolina. They include:
Each license review would include lists of licensing fees, education requirements, testing requirements, the national averages of those things across other states with a similar license, number of states with a similar license, whether the license includes a disqualification for a conviction record and how that is handled, how long it takes to get a license approved, what kind of alternatives to the license there could be, and how expedited licensing for military spouses may be done.
Here are some intriguing features of the license review:
The de-licensing revolution is spreading. When will North Carolina join it?