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

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

Written comments submitted to New Jersey Assembly committee opposing new music therapist license

Here at PLF we see a lot of crazy government regulations. New Jersey is home to the latest sighting. Today, the New Jersey Assembly is considering creating an occupational license for music therapists. If you’ll recall, I recently blogged about the … Continue reading

Wisconsin creates barrier to regulate!

Three weeks ago I mentioned a bill that was pending in the Wisconsin legislature, AB 116. That bill would prevent all cities, villages, towns, and counties in Wisconsin from enacting any new occupational fees or licensing requirements. What I failed … 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

PLF’s Timothy Sandefur testifies to Senate about how restricting economic liberty harms minorities

I testified yesterday before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts about how over-regulation harms members of minority groups. Joining me in testifying were Michael Barrera of the LIBRE Initiative, and Harry Alford of … Continue reading

PLF’s Timothy Sandefur to testify to U.S. Senate about economic liberty and the rights of minorities

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights, and Federal Courts is holding a hearing Tuesday called “Opportunity Denied: How Overregulation Harms Minorities.” I’ll be testifying about how occupational licensing laws and Competitor’s Veto laws exclude would-be … Continue reading