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Should You Need the Government’s Permission to Work?

 

 

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing is the first national study to measure how burdensome occupational licensing laws are for lower-income workers and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The report documents the license requirements for 102 low- and moderate-income occupations—such as barber, massage therapist and preschool teacher—across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  It finds that occupational licensing is not only widespread, but also overly burdensome and frequently irrational.

On average, these licenses force aspiring workers to spend nine months in education or training, pass one exam and pay more than $200 in fees.  One third of the licenses take more than a year to earn.  At least one exam is required for 79 of the occupations.

Barriers like these make it harder for people to find jobs and build new businesses that create jobs, particularly minorities, those of lesser means and those with less education.

License to Work recommends reducing or removing needless licensing barriers.  The report’s rankings of states and occupations by severity of licensure burdens make it easy to compare laws and identify those most in need of reform.


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   Is your state pulling a medical CON job? (1:22)
Medical professionals join forces with Institute for Justice, file major federal health care lawsuit. Laws limit medical options for patients, funnel millions of dollars to politically connected businesses.
   Chip Mellor Acceptance Speech, Bradley Prize 2012 (13:13)
Thursday, June 7, 2012, the Bradley Foundation presented the Bradley Prize to IJ President and General Counsel William H. "Chip" Mellor during a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
   Should You Need the Government’s Permission to Work? (5:00)
Barriers like occupational licensing make it harder for people to find jobs and build new businesses that create jobs, particularly minorities, those of lesser means and those with less education.
   IRS Protectionism: New Licensing Scheme Challenged in Major Federal Lawsuit (3:58)
Congress never gave the IRS the authority to license tax preparers, and the IRS can't give itself that power. But last year the IRS imposed a sweeping new licensing scheme that forces tax preparers to get IRS permission before they can work.
   Can the Government Make Entrepreneurs Do Useless Things For No Reason? (1:56)
Verlin Stoll is a 27-year-old entrepreneurial dynamo who owns Crescent Tide funeral home in Saint Paul, Minn. Verlin wants to expand his business, hire new employees and continue to offer the lowest prices in the Twin Cities, but Minnesota refuses to let
   How are food truck entrepreneurs like the Buffalo Bills? They're unrelenting underdogs & dreamers. (3:56)
Food trucks have hit the streets of Buffalo, NY. But a few brick-and-mortar restaurants are trying to put them out of business through the force of government.
   FREE SPEECH FIGHT: New Orleans Bureaucrats Silence Speech, Tour Guides Fight Back (2:35)
In New Orleans, it is a crime to charge people for a talking tour without first getting permission from the government. City officials require every tour guide to pass a history exam, undergo a drug test and an FBI criminal background...
   F.L.O.S.S: Protecting You from Low-Cost Teeth-Whitening Services (1:59)
Teeth-whitening services are popular and increasingly available at spas, salons and shopping malls. There is one group that is not smiling about these new, low-cost teeth-whitening services: the Connecticut Dental Commission. In June, the Commission ruled
   I am IJ: 20 Years Litigating for Liberty (7:22)
If you created an institution, an American institution, what would you want it to do? You'd want it to make the world around you a better place. This is the story of that institution. This is the story of the Institute for Justice and its first 20 years
   Entrepreneurs Challenge Unconstitutional Ferry Monopoly on Lake Chelan (2:11)
Jim and Cliff Courtney have had their plans to launch a ferry service on Lake Chelan sunk by a nearly one-hundred year old Washington State law designed to protect the existing ferry provider from competition.
   Free the Vendors: Hialeah, Florida Attacks Mobile Vendors (4:04)
Vendors in Hialeah, Fla. are challenging a law that not only makes vendors’ work more dangerous by forcing them to constantly be on the move rather than vend in one location, but also is purposefully anticompetitive—making it impossible for vendors to com
   The 14th Amendment: A History (13:13)
   Federal & Local Law Enforcement Agencies Try to Take Family Motel from Innocent Owners (3:34)
Imagine you own a million-dollar piece of property free and clear, but then the federal government and local law enforcement agents announce that they are going to take it from you, not compensate you one dime, and then use the money they get from selling
   Taking on Milwaukee's Taxi Cartel (2:45)
Milwaukee allows only 321 taxicabs on its streets—almost half of which are owned by a single owner. That is about one cab for every 1,850 residents, one of the highest ratios in the country. This cap on taxi permits has sent
   The Road to the U.S. Supreme Court (4:10)
   My Streets My Eats: Free Chicago's Mobile Vendors from Anti Competitive Laws (3:05)
Chicago laws make it nearly impossible to sell tasty food on the go. The City Council is considering a freer regime, but the proposed law still bans entrepreneurs from selling in the morning or stopping anywhere near a building where food is sold.
   Streets of Dreams: Challenging Atlanta's Street Vending Monopoly (4:15)
Larry Miller and Stanley Hambrick are street vendors in Atlanta. But two years ago, Atlanta handed over all public-property vending to a single company that wants to throw Larry and Stanley out of the spots they have worked for decades to build kiosks.
   Untangling African Hairbraiders from Utah's Cosmetology Regime (3:36)
Jestina Clayton, a college graduate, wife, mother of two and refugee from Sierra Leone’s civil war has been braiding hair for most of her life. Now she wants to use her considerable skills to help provide for her family while her husband finishes his edu
   Unraveling Unconstitutional Government Regulation in Arizona (3:30)
The Arizona Board of Cosmetology is now requiring skilled threaders to obtain an aesthetician license, which requires at least 600 hours of classroom instruction—not one hour of which teaches or tests threading—and that can cost over $10,000. But threade
   SUPER PACs: Occupy the Courts, Colbert & the Fight for Free Speech (2:59)

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