Since regulation is fraught with red tape and overregulation, both of which are harmful to job creation and the state's overall economic health, we favor a menu of reforms and good-government policies.
Knowing that North Carolina law already provides a way for consumers to choose a non-licensed service professional in one area (real estate) ought to make it easier to expand that freedom in other licensed fields.
The N.C. Board of Funeral Service opposes a bill that would allow for provisional licenses for funeral directors here. Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, the governor just signed a law allowing for provisional licenses across licensing boards.
Being able to petition the board “at any time” is a particularly strong reform. For people whose conviction record would disqualify them from the license no matter what, being able to find out beforehand would save them a great deal of time and money, let alone heartbreak.
North Carolina is partly responsible for the de-licensing revolution going on in other states. But oddly enough, so far we've been sitting it out. So the Wall Street Journal writes about "Arizona's Licensing Liberation."