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California Should Address Licensing Reform – And Stop Adding Violins To The String Section

by David Crane

Thursday, January 25, 2018

In 1850 California passed its first professional licensing law requiring foreigners to buy a monthly license to mine gold. During  the next hundred years the state so dramatically expanded its licensing regime that by 1950 one in every twenty workers required a license. Today one in five working Californians requires a license from the state government; a recent study found that California is the most broadly licensed state in the nation.

Hurt most by such regimes are low-income people. A 2017 study by the Institute for Justice reported that California requires licenses for 76 of 102 lower‑income professions. To receive a professional license in California requires on average $486 in annual fees, 827 days of education and experience, and two exams. The list of occupations requiring a license in California is so lengthy that a state commission could not compile a complete list. :snip: 

https://www.hoover.org/research/california-should-address-licensing-reform-and-stop-adding-violins-string-section

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