by Jon Sanders
Research Editor and Senior Fellow, Regulatory Studies, John Locke Foundation
North Carolina’s aggressive occupational licensing faces considerable concerns about its fairness, efficiency, scope, and more.
A ready answer to these concerns would be to transition most jobs currently under state regulation away from licensure and into voluntary private certification.
This move would inject a great amount of freedom and choice into the market for service professionals and into the labor market as well. It would pay dividends in terms of job creation and help lift low-income individuals and neighborhoods.
It would be another strong signal that North Carolina welcomes business and supports her entrepreneurial risk-takers, big or small.