Occupational Licensing Craziness
The right to pursue the profession of one’s choice is one of the most fundamental rights Americans possess.
It allows people to provide for themselves and their families and to pursue their conception of happiness. Unfortunately, that right is under assault. Nearly one-third of Americans now need government permission in the form of an occupational license just to do their job. It’s not just doctors that need licenses nowadays, either; florists, make-up artists, auctioneers, interior designers, and even dog-sitters need to pass an exam and pay fees before earning an honest living in some states.
That’s not just absurd; it’s unconstitutional. Anastasia Boden is an attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, a nonprofit organization that represents individuals in lawsuits against the government. Join her on December 13 at The Heartland Institute to discuss the constitutional underpinnings of economic liberty, current threats to free enterprise, and pending lawsuits and repeal bills aimed at restoring Americans’ precious right to earn a living as they choose.