Policymakers considering occupational licensing changes?

This week, two different committees of legislative policymakers met to discuss the impact of occupational licensing on entrepreneurs and the economy. On Tuesday, the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights took up the issue, … Continue reading

Nevada needs economic liberty

A successful limousine company with a proven safety record shouldn’t have to get permission before expanding its fleet. But in Nevada, the Transportation Authority requires businesses to first seek permission from their competitors before expanding. This type of occupational licensing law, … Continue reading

Debates over occupational licensing must remember the Constitution

A debate recently appeared in the editorial pages of the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota. Articles were written in favor of and opposed to occupational licensing in the state. Because neither piece discussed the constitutional ramifications of occupational licensing, … Continue reading

Economic liberty: the best way to help the poor

An unfolding tragedy in Washington state demonstrates how freedom serves the poor better than government ever will. Washington faces a dental crisis for the poor. Dentists routinely decline to serve patients who are on Medicaid because Medicaid fronts only a … Continue reading

Music therapist cartelization in progress

Music therapists have been busy. Prior to 2011, no state required music therapists to obtain an occupational license. Yet, as a result of efforts of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT), in the … Continue reading

UPDATED: Andy Caldwell discusses PLF’s Obamacare petition at the Supreme Court

Tune in today at 4:30 pm PST to hear Andy Caldwell and I discuss PLF’s Obamacare case, which the Supreme Court will consider taking up this term.  We’ll also be discussing some of PLF’s occupational licensing cases and our Economic … Continue reading

Uber free to operate in Nevada, but what about everybody else?

A recent article details the unsuccessful attempt to shut Uber out of Nevada. The piece contains interesting tid-bits about the bullying and scandal that plagued Uber’s fight, but it doesn’t tell the full story.  Though it focuses on the particular … Continue reading

Wisconsin creating a barrier to…regulate?

Though we often associate government with excessive regulation, in a surprising twist, the Wisconsin legislature is considering a much needed measure to deregulate. AB 116 would prevent all cities, villages, towns, and counties in Wisconsin from enacting any new occupational fees or … Continue reading

When legislatures violate your rights, who’s going to stop them?

Today, PLF urged the Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal to take up its duty to protect individual rights, and to enforce the state constitution’s protections for economic liberty. Occupational licensing has run amok.  As a White House Report recently … Continue reading

Licensing of landscapers set to change in Oregon

Oregon is one of the few states that requires landscape contractors to be licensed. One of Oregon’s requirements is that aspiring landscapers must pass a written exam. The Pacific Legal Foundation is generally opposed to anti-competitive occupational licensing laws, which … Continue reading