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By Don C. Brunell
The Times 

Finding Balance in Occupational Licensing

 

November 30, 2017



Recently, the Institute for Justice (Institute) determined state licensing barriers for lower-income workers and aspiring entrepreneurs not only hurts people trying to establish themselves in a profession, but annually drives consumer prices up by $203 billion.

Washington requires people in 77 jobs, including driving school bus, well-drilling and operating cranes, to be licensed. That means applicants must successfully complete education and training, pass their exams, and pay licensing fees.

Just as technology changes, so do licensing requirements and fees. The key is finding that balance...



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