Tag: licensing

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From police officers to protesters, everyone seems to agree that a better trained, more professional police force can improve officers’ decision making and build the community’s faith in law enforcement. But Ohio law requires fewer hours of training to become a police officer than the person who cuts your hair: a minimum of 737 hours […]

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Occupational Licensing Is a Whole Quilt of Crazy

 

Here’s a bit of trivia: New Hampshire’s tallest building was erected by a general contractor unlicensed by the state. Before you decide to avoid forever Manchester’s 20-story City Hall Plaza, you should know no building in the state, including every house, was built by a state-licensed general contractor — because New Hampshire doesn’t license general contractors. I’ll be focusing on New Hampshire here, but the crazy quilt of occupational licenses smothers opportunity in every state.

The state doesn’t license carpenters, auto mechanics, welders or asphalt layers either. Yet your home does not fall apart, commercial buildings don’t tumble down, roads don’t dissolve in the rain.

License to Breed

 

On the last episode of the Ricochet podcast, our heroes discussed the difficulty of encouraging people — but especially impoverished minorities — to have and raise children under the right circumstances; i.e.,  in wedlock and within stable family structures. James mentioned the hypothetical possibility that we could require people to obtain a “parenthood license” before we permit them to breed. He figured such a thing could never happen. People would be outraged. It would be worse than the voter ID debate.

I’m inclined to differ. I think many liberals would love this idea. In fact, some of them already do, and sadly, some libertarians are happy to join the chorus:

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Now that we can highlight posts with featured images, I see many people using stock images. Questions: (a) Where are you taking your images from? (b) How does it work with respect to rights & licensing? I’ve tended to avoid using images from the Web unless the licensing is free (e.g., Wikimedia) or it is […]

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