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  • Drawing pretty pictures shouldn't require an architect's license (Opinion)

    03/18/2017 8:34:50 PM PDT · by rintintin · 23 replies
    Oregonian ^ | March 16, 2017 | Anastasia Boden
    In 2007, David Hansen was a recent college graduate with an architect's degree trying to make some money. He and his business partner, who was a licensed architect in Washington, started an architectural firm there. At the time, the economy was still sluggish and there was not a lot of construction. So, to earn some extra cash and to get the business going, they agreed to do marketing work for a property development company in Oregon. Cognizant that they weren't licensed architects in Oregon, they limited their work to creating drawings of potential developments for the sole purpose of attracting...
  • Biggest Transportation Battles of 2016 to Continue in the New Year (Texas)

    01/02/2017 8:15:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | December 27, 2016 | Brandon Formby
    The cost of toll roads, the toll of urban congestion, ride-hailing battles and a high-speed train war garnered plenty of attention in Texas this year. And after the Legislature spent two sessions focusing on highway funding, lawmakers now appear poised to tackle other transportation matters next year. Here's a look at the year's biggest transportation stories and how they may continue to unfold in the coming months:1. Uber and Lyft roll out of Austin after losing city electionNational ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft stopped operating in Austin after voters there rejected an ordinance that would have repealed certain regulations, including...
  • An Opening for Michigan Licensing Reform

    09/30/2016 5:39:51 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/29/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    A recent MIRS report, “State Collects 32% More In Fees Than It Cost to Regulate,” notes that the state brings in $147 million in revenue for licenses and permits. But the total cost to regulate Michigan’s variety of industries was much probably much higher. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, or LARA, is in charge of overseeing the occupations state law requires to be licensed. In theory, the fees collected for an occupation should pay the cost of regulating that occupation but that rarely works out in practice. According to MIRS, the state gained $25.5 million in revenue...
  • Michigan Requires More Than 200 Occupational Licenses

    08/17/2016 6:08:08 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 20 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/13/2016 | Jacob Weaver
    If you want to work in Michigan, you need to get a license — at least to work in one of 215 professions the state of Michigan licenses. These licenses, which typically require education, training, exams, state fees, or all four, apply to work ranging from acupuncturist through wholesale potato dealer. Even taxidermists and funeral directors are subject to state requirements. But in 2011, Gov. Rick Snyder promised change. Upon entering office, he issued an executive order to create the Office of Regulatory Reinvention. The governor told this new office to “simplify Michigan's regulatory environment by reducing obsolete, unnecessary, and...
  • Vet Saves Dog's Life, Family is Happy – State Sanctions Him

    07/26/2016 9:29:18 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 19 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/25/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    A vet safely saves a dog’s life and the owners are happy, but he is punished with a fine and probation and could have lost his state license. Why? Because a state board — filled with his competitors — and a state department have that authority. This case involved Dr. Jan Pol, a veterinarian near Mt. Pleasant. As Michigan Capitol Confidential reports, five years ago, Pol performed an operation that was shown on his program on the Nat Geo Channel. The dog, Mr. Pigglesworth, was saved from being euthanized for under $300. But an out-of-state vet complained to the Michigan...
  • Occupational Licensing Costs Hurt the Working Class

    07/21/2016 5:02:47 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 14 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/18/2016 | Josh Paladino
    Which profession requires upwards of $10,000 in education costs, over $200 in state fees, and 1,800 hours of training to enter: emergency medical technician (EMT) or barber? The correct answer is barber. In terms of time and cost, a prospective EMT can obtain an occupational license, required by the state of Michigan, much more easily than a prospective barber. For example, Baker College’s EMT certification program costs $6,600 and takes six months to complete. Completing a barber certification program in Michigan takes two years. This example is not to criticize EMTs or question their ability to do their job but...
  • Orlando Terrorist: The Most Gun Control-Compliant Shooter in History?

    06/12/2016 4:50:07 PM PDT · by PROCON · 68 replies
    breitbart ^ | June 12, 2016 | LOGAN CHURCHWELL
    TAMPA, FLORIDA — President Barack Obama’s immediate leveraging of the atrocious Islamic terror attack in Orlando toward new gun control reforms may be predictable — yet the circumstances involving the professional background of Omar S. Mateen could prove a breaking point for his fellow anti-gun activists. As the debate eventually moves toward the Second Amendment, activists must answer how the most prevalent mass shooter in American history cleared background checks, medical examination, registration and dozens of hours of mandated training.
  • You Need 300 Hours Of Training And A License To Shampoo Hair?

    05/13/2016 12:24:25 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 47 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 13, 2016 | George Leef
    Occupational licensure is so damaging to the upward mobility of poor people and does so little to protect the public that even the Obama administration, with its reflexive pro-government inclinations, has criticized it. (See my February 2015 Forbes piece on that.) Unnecessary and anti-competitive licensing rules have been repeatedly challenged in court, and often struck down as a violation of either state law or the U.S. Constitution. The Institute for Justice has been particularly effective in protecting the liberty of people who just want a chance to succeed on their own, by persuading courts to invalidate ridiculous licensing regulations. A...
  • Supreme Court affirms Google Books scans of copyrighted works are fair use

    04/18/2016 3:10:27 PM PDT · by dware · 52 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 04.18.2016 | Devin Coldewey
    A Supreme Court order issued today closes the book on (or perhaps merely ends this chapter of) more than a decade of legal warfare between Google and the Authors Guild over the legality of the former’s scanning without permission of millions of copyrighted books. And the final word is: it’s fair use. The order is just an item in a long list of other orders that appeared today, and adds nothing to the argument except the tacit approval of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals 2015 decision — itself approving an even earlier decision, that of the U.S. District Court...
  • Bill would require a license to sell cigarettes in Virginia

    02/16/2015 10:12:55 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 16, 2015 | Laura Vozzella
    RICHMOND — A state report linking Virginia cigarette smuggling to terrorist organizations has prompted a Republican state senator to push a bill that would require retailers and wholesalers to obtain a state license to sell cigarettes. The bill, from Sen. Bryce E. Reeves (R-Spottsylvania), has cleared the Senate, but odds are against it in the GOP-dominated House because of conservative objections to increased government regulations and taxes. Even in the more moderate Senate, eight conservative Republicans voted against it. They are a group that Reeves, a fiscal and social conservative, often votes with. “I think they are concerned about regulatory...
  • Two Cheers for Legislators on Licensing

    02/04/2015 6:55:05 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/1/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    An important if usually under-the-radar public policy issue is occupational licensing – state rules that require residents to meet various criteria (and pay for them) before they may earn a living in a particular profession. Rolling back licensure mandates requires taking on groups with a vested interest in preserving these restrictions on opportunity (and potential competitors). To its credit the previous Legislature did do some good if still-modest work in this area. In a bipartisan manner, legislators eliminated rules having to do with dieticians and nutritionists, interior designers, auctioneers, community planners, carnival workers, ocularists, school solicitors and immigration clerical assistants....
  • The Harm of Occupational Licensing Laws

    12/11/2014 5:43:20 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/9/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    LANSING — Several decades ago, Dr. Morris Kleiner was assigned by his boss at the Department of Labor to look into occupational licensing. “What had I done to him to deserve taking on this topic?” Kleiner asked at the Dec. 4 event hosted by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Lansing. But the issue became much of his academic work and is an increasingly important one. Kleiner, now a professor at the University of Minnesota and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of Minneapolis, discussed why at an Issues & Ideas lecture entitled, “Our Guild-Ridden Labor Market:...
  • City Looks to License Cats For Acting Like Cats

    10/08/2014 6:31:02 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 18 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/8/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    MLive reports that Ann Arbor officials would like to see residents get licenses for their cats. Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje said cats are killing birds and “doing their business” in gardens. ForTheRecord: In sum, the city wants to impose more licensing and costs on residents in order to deal with animal acts of nature.
  • Duran Duran Sue Own Fan Club

    07/26/2014 4:35:25 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 48 replies
    Rollin Stone ^ | 7/23/14 | Kory Grow
    Duran Duran are suing their own fan club for breach of contract, claiming that it did not pay the band its promised revenue. In 2010, the group signed a contract with Worldwide Fan Clubs, Inc., based in a town about 30 minutes outside of Chicago, that guaranteed the band 75 percent of all profits, according to Chicago Sun-Times, while the company kept the rest. Although part of the suit alleges that the company failed to keep precise fan-club records, collect membership fees and keep accurate accounting, Simon Le Bon & Co. claim that the company owes them approximately $40,000 in...
  • Helping the Little Guy: Relieve Occupational Licensing Requirements and Fees

    12/27/2013 8:27:38 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/23/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    When it comes to financial burdens, both Republicans and Democrats often claim to "fight for the little guy." The former may campaign against tax hikes while the latter may vote for "progressive" taxes on top earners, but don't be fooled: when it comes to occupational licensing, both sides consistently vote to burden people with often unnecessary fees and requirements. State and local governmental units also want people to pay a fee in order to clean carpets, run card games and raffles, operate vending machines or compete as a horse jockey. Licensing is a process by which the state makes it...
  • Inconsistent Licensing Requirements

    11/12/2013 6:44:45 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/10/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    Rather than being based on safety, licensing requirements for people to work are often imposed merely for the protection of existing businesses and to raise the barrier to entry for competitors, thereby driving up prices for consumers. However, that could change if a bill introduced by State Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester HIlls, were passed and signed into law. House Bill 4641 would prohibit governments from imposing occupational licensure without valid concerns for public health and safety, and allow workers to sue if a regulation excessively burdens their right to earn a living. This proposed state law would go a long...
  • The Artificial Barriers of Occupational Licensing

    10/27/2013 10:33:17 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 13 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-25-13 | Theresa Boyd
    A West Virginia nail artist must rethink her dream of starting her own business because of onerous licensing requirements and regulations imposed by her state. After spending $3,000 on a nail tech program that taught her skills she didn’t need, the young would-be entrepreneur is still discovering legal impediments that only serve to protect the jobs of other manicurists and do nothing to ensure the health and safety of her potential clients. On average, a manicurist must pass just as many exams as an emergency medical technician and receive more than twice the number of days of training to legally...
  • Do You Have the Right To Give Free Advice?

    10/21/2013 4:24:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2013 | Rebecca Furdek
    Young Voices is a new project which exists to achieve greater media representation for promising college students and young professionals. Every week a different Advocate will comment on the stories which impact their lives. What do we do when we want advice? Sometimes, we choose to seek out a licensed professional. Other times, we simply rely first – and perhaps ultimately – on the recommendations of those around us. Every day, we give opinions and advice to friends, family members, neighbors, and colleagues on everything from parenting tips to home decorating to common health concerns. Furthermore, the Internet and its...
  • Bills Targeting Dubious Licensing Laws Held Up In The Legislature

    09/30/2013 1:39:36 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/28/2013 | Tom Ganter
    Measures to eliminate licensing laws for occupations varying from interior designers to auctioneers have been introduced in Michigan's legislature, but moving those bills toward passage has been minimal. That appears to be due to the Legislature's deliberative process. More than 30 bills pertaining to the elimination of occupational licensing are now in either the House Regulatory Reform Committee or the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee. The major push for the legislation came from within the administration of Gov. Rick Snyder. In April 2012, the Office of Regulatory Reinvention recommended the elimination of 18 occupational licenses and nine licensure boards. Licensing sometimes...
  • Regulatory Roadblocks Hurt the Poor

    08/27/2013 5:35:28 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/26/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    When people hear the terms "capitalism" or "free markets," often their first thought is that these are systems mostly benefiting the wealthy. In fact, the evidence suggests that it is actually the poor who gain the most from economic freedom. It is abundantly clear that living in countries with lower taxes, fewer regulations, a rule of law and generally limited government makes all citizens better off. One interesting statistic: Those reading this article are likely among the wealthiest — earning $34,000 per year puts people among the top 1 percent in the world, and half of the world's "1 percenters"...