Excessive government regulation of labor hurts people. It carries with it a human toll that robs them of the dignity of work and the ability to take care of their families.
The most widespread labor regulations today come in the form of occupational licenses, government permission slips required to work in some professions. While most people may have never heard the phrase “occupational licensing,” we are all impacted by it. What once was limited to highly specialized jobs has exploded to cover a huge percentage of all workers.
These licenses sometimes carry steep fees and requirements that serve as stumbling blocks. Licensing rules are created by boards made up of people in the industry they are regulating. The result is that people with a direct financial interest are given government power that could be used to keep competitors out of the profession.
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