Nearly two in five workers can’t do their jobs without government approval

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The Washington Post discusses occupational licensing and Isis Brantley the woman who was once arrested for braiding hair illegally.

(From The Washington Post)

The growth in such requirements is driven in large part by industry, Kleiner says.

“[The growth] tends to come from the occupations themselves,” he said. “They organize, they pay somebody to be the head of an organization, they lobby the legislature.”

And such rules are often attractive to local lawmakers because they represent new revenue streams that typically more than pay for the cost of regulating the industry. Plus licensing was associated with 18 percent higher wages. And it creates barriers to entry and benefits those already in the profession.

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