• John Locke Update

    Reducing the Burden to Get a License to Teach Cosmetic Arts

    posted May 13, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    Occupational licensing imposes many costly burdens on would-be workers: taking hundreds of hours of coursework, passing required exams, logging job experience, paying license fees, etc. A bill that passed the House unanimously would significantly reduce the years of experience required for practitioners of cosmetic arts to qualify for licenses to teach those practices.
  • John Locke Update

    The nation’s most impressive occupational licensing reform law

    posted August 13, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    The John Locke Foundation’s Carolina Rebound plan to revive North Carolina’s economy includes a healthy menu of occupational licensing deregulation and reforms. Why? We explain: “Licensing slows job growth,…
  • John Locke Update

    Why don’t conservatives talk about race?

    posted July 16, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    In his 2015 book The Conservative Heart, Arthur Brooks argued that conservatives should explain their good intentions and offer policy proposals that would demonstrate them. His suggestions were good…
  • John Locke Update

    Risk, opportunity, and reducing barriers to a better life

    posted January 28, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    What is the common element that connects Medicare, occupational licensing, free college, and affordable housing? According to Ed Glaeser in a recent interview, they illustrate how past efforts to…
  • John Locke Update

    Trust, Government, and the Primacy of Traditional Institutions

    posted May 30, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    As the North Carolina Constitution states, “A frequent recurrence to fundamental principles is absolutely necessary to preserve the blessings of liberty.” It is important though not to let the smell…

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