News and Commentary
Christian Britschgi at Reason reports on an astonishing occupational license sting operation by undercover sheriff’s deputies in Hillsborough County, Florida. Conducted last year, the arrests of 118 people following “Operation House Hunters” have just been announced after cops posed as homeowners to request lighting installations and paint jobs. Thanks to the actions of these officers, residents of Hillsborough County have been saved from the menace of reasonably priced home repairs.
Nurse practitioners are growing in America’s healthcare workforce, especially in outpatient care centers. This will make loosening scope-of-practice all the more valuable to ensuring Americans can access affordable care.
The state of Nebraska is curtailing occupational licensing requirements and the Omaha World-Herald published an editorial in favor of further action. New bills will help bolster opportunity but curtailing unnecessary mandates on workers.
Optometrists in Idaho are another step closer to providing various laser procedures; the Idaho House of Representatives passed legislation last week to expand their scope of practice.
The Editorial board of The Oklahoman calls for further reforms to occupational licensing. They approvingly cite Gov. Kevin Stitt’s call for similar license reciprocity policies that exist in Arizona.
The Cato Institute’s Michael D. Tanner and Sal Nuzzo point out the barriers to employment that Florida’s occupational licenses create. They applaud Gov. DeSantis’ plan to loosen existing licensing laws and thus reduce the time and money it takes for many to enter the labor market.
A new NBER paper analyzes data from Denmark about patients and their primary care physicians to conclude that physicians who better ensured patient adherence to prescribed medicine created significant positive effects on patient outcomes and costs. Of course, there’s no reason these gains can’t be applied by people with less training than primary care physicians.