Thursday, November 19, 2015

Buckeye Institute News Alert

The Buckeye Institute held a legislative news briefing today to release its new report -- Forbidden to Succeed: How Licensure Laws Hold Ohioans Back -- describing 31 Ohio licensing requirements that reduce opportunity for those entering low- and moderate-income occupations. The report identifies licensing requirements that should be reduced or eliminated for occupations including hair salon managers, make-up artists, social services assistants, and travel guides.

The news briefing at the Ohio Statehouse was attended by four legislators--two Republicans, two Democrats--who are working to eliminate Ohio's antiquated and unnecessary salon manager's license.

Ohio is the only state that requires a special license to manage a hair salon.  Only seven states mandate a license to be a social services assistant.  High fees and training can reduce an occupation's job growth by 20% and deprive entrepreneurs and job-seekers of opportunities to be promoted or advance in their careers.

"A job is a stepping stone to a better life for low-income Ohioans.  Unfortunately, many moderate-income jobs in Ohio require hundreds of dollars in government licensure fees plus the completion of thousands of hours of training," writes Tom Lampman, author of the report and The Buckeye Institute's William and Helen Diehl Fiscal Policy Fellow.

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