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Last month, President Trump joined the long list public officials from both parties calling for licensure reform. In doing so, he said that the required training to become a cosmetologist is on average 11 times longer than the training to become an EMT. When examining the issue, the Institute for Justice came to basically the same conclusion (their figure is closer to ten than eleven). However, the Washington Post’s fact-checkers gave Trump’s statements two Pinocchios. They concede his number is correct but argue that the comparison is misleading because an EMT is an entry-level employee disanalogous to a cosmetologist. This analysis from the Institute for Justice sets the record straight about why Trump actually got this one right.
With less than 300 dollars, Dipa Bhattari, an immigrant from Nepal, launched an eyebrow threading business attempting to pay for graduate school. Eventually, she was forced to close her business when it was discovered she did not have a cosmetology license. She is now suing the Mississippi cosmetology board. A similar case succeeded in Texas where the state court ruled that forcing eyebrow threaders to earn a completely unrelated license violated substantive due process.
A federal district court just struck down a Tennessee law requiring a license for online auctioneering.
The Professional Certification Coalition has endorsed S. 379, a bill which would allow people to use tax-exempt funds to pay the costs associated with getting a license.
Healthcare Corner: Missouri expands opportunities for telemedicine. The Florida Board of medicine created the title of “nurse anesthesiologist” behalf of the single individual who was using the term. Doctors practicing in rural areas tend to have lower burnout rates. Marginal Revolution reports that administrators are not, in fact, to blame for rising healthcare costs.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released a definitive study breaking down the demographics of who holds occupational licenses. Labor force participation is about 30 percentage points higher for licensed than the unlicensed.