occupational licensing

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    North Carolina 17th most onerous state for licensing low-income jobs

    The Institute for Justice has published a new edition of its landmark License to Work study of occupational licensing of 102 low- to middle-income jobs. Here's what the new study found for North Carolina.
    Jon Sanders, November 15, 2017
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    Stricter licensing requirements hurt job creation even more

    New research finds that not only could North Carolina have faster job growth by eliminating unnecessary licenses, but we could also see more employment by trimming back undue licensing requirements.
    Jon Sanders, October 26, 2017
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    Illinois makes it eight

    There have been just as many successful de-licensing efforts in the past two years as there were the previous 40 years. We can thank a North Carolina licensing board's overzealous protectionism for being an unwitting factor.
    Jon Sanders, October 23, 2017
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    N.C. Should Follow Other States’ Lead In Reforming Job Licensing Regime

    North Carolina risks losing ground economically to other states unless it reforms its current approach to occupational licensing. The state also faces the threat of federal legal action. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report delivers those warnings. The report recommends reforms aligned with those in model legislation dubbed…
    Donna Martinez, September 21, 2017
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    About That Makeup School Controversy …

    Rick Henderson, Carolina Journal editor-in-chief, discusses the case of a Charlotte makeup artist fighting N.C. regulations that block her from starting a makeup school. Henderson offered these comments during an interview with Donna Martinez for Carolina Journal Radio. Watch it here. Read the Carolina Journal story about Jasna Bukvic-Bhayani…
    Donna Martinez, September 8, 2017
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    “Today, more than 1 in 4 Americans need a license to legally perform their work”

    JLF’s Jon Sanders and Becki Gray have for years urged policymakers to rethink the idea of requiring licenses for certain occupations — dozens of them, in fact. Now President Trump’s Labor Secretary is taking up licensing reform as well. From the Daily Caller: “In 1950, only about 1 in 20…
    Donna Martinez, July 25, 2017
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    Connecticut makes it seven

    In 2015, the BLS found only eight instances of the de-licensing of occupations over the past 40 years. Since 2016, there have been now seven more.
    Jon Sanders, July 14, 2017
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    Give People a Chance To Earn a Living

    The John Locke Foundation has for years urged reform of North Carolina’s restrictive occupational licensing rules. Our Jon Sanders has frequently made the case that North Carolina needs an alternative to occupational licensing. This National Review Online column argues that there is a role for the federal government to play…
    Donna Martinez, July 11, 2017