News and Commentary
Jesse Paul writes in The Colorado Sun about how Gov. Jared Polis (D-CO) recently vetoed a bill that would have continued Colorado’s regulation of private investigators. Gov. Polis explained his decision by saying, “occupational licensing is often not superior to other forms of consumer protection” and that “too often it is used to protect existing professionals within an occupation against competition from newcomers entering that occupation.”
Dara Lind reports for ProPublica about how President Donald Trump’s ban on immigrants with work visas entering the U.S. has caused a shortage of young physicians in the nation’s hospitals. The result of this shortage has been extended shifts for existing physicians and concerns about hospitals being unable to respond to rising numbers of COVID-19 patients.
Jarrett Skorup writes in an opinion piece for The Hill that states should make their temporary deregulation of medical professionals permanent arguing that, “research suggests that many state health care regulations mean there are fewer professionals to serve people — and higher prices, as well.”
The Wall Street Journal‘s editorial board wrote a piece applauding Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Florida Republicans’ recent efforts to liberalize occupational licensing in the state arguing that the legislation will aid in the state’s recovery from COVID-19 and help ordinary Floridians make a decent living.
Lindsay B. Killen writes for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D-MI) recent reinstallation of scope of practice laws in the state is a step back for Michigan’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic because it reinstates unnecessary barriers to care for patients in the state.
Morris M. Kleiner and Ming Xu have a new working paper in the National Bureau of Economic Research that finds that occupational licensing regulations have significant negative impacts on labor market fluidity.