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April 13, 2020
On-line Lambda School Offers Students Income Share Agreements in lieu of Tuition
For-profit schools like Lambda are an important alternative to traditional universities that impose a heavy financial burden on students.
March 24, 2020
Ohio Legislature Considers Occupational-Licensing Reciprocity Bill
Recognizing other states' licenses would remove barriers to employment, says sponsor.
March 23, 2020
Ohio Experts Recommend Steps to Reduce the Economic/Financial Hardships of COVID-19
The Buckeye Institute recommends actions to reduce the negative economic impact of the COVID-19 Epidemic on Ohio's Economy.
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January 31, 2020
Pennsylvania Legislators Consider Occupational Licensing Reforms
Access to steady employment is necessary to reduce recidivism, but Pennsylvania, like many states, has made it exceedingly difficult for ex-felons to reenter the workforce.
December 27, 2019
Robust Economy Is Lifting People Out of Poverty, Census Bureau Reports
Overall, more people are employed, and they are working more hours on the job, the Census Bureau reports.
December 11, 2019
California Reclassifies Contractors as Employees, Targeting the Sharing Economy
A.B. 5 is expected to affect up to one million contract workers statewide and upend the business models of ridesharing platforms such as Uber and Lyft.

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March 27, 2018
By Zachary Williams
A bill that would authorize dental therapists in Ohio is under consideration in the state’s Senate Committee on Health, Human Services, and Medicaid.
March 6, 2018
By Paige Anderson
The Arizona state House of Representatives’ Committee of the Whole approved House Bill 2011 (H.B. 2011), which would reduce occupational licensing regulations for blow-dry stylists.
February 28, 2018
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., John Nothdurft, S.T. Karnick
Opponent of Reform Decried Heartland Institute’s Influence from Floor of State Senate
February 24, 2018
By Robert G. Holland
Freedom — it is working for creating jobs, why not for filling them?
February 20, 2018
By Richard Ebeling
Most of us both value and take for granted the ability to make decisions about our own lives.
February 6, 2018
By Michael McGrady
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new benchmarks for states seeking permission for Medicaid work requirements.
February 5, 2018
By Jeff Reynolds
A bill pending in the Indiana state Senate Committee on Pensions and Labor would allow private employers to terminate employees for using cigarettes and tobacco products during their free time.
February 5, 2018
By Leo Pusateri
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case to determine whether governments can deduct union fees from public sector employees’ paychecks without their permission.
February 5, 2018
By Lindsey Curnutte
New Jersey state Assembly members Robert Auth (R-Bergen) and Amy Handlin (R-Monmouth) introduced a bill to allow workers to opt out of union membership.
January 31, 2018
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Jay Lehr, Peter Ferrara, Frederick D. Palmer, H. Sterling Burnett, Lennie Jarratt, Bette Grande, Tom Harris, James H. Rust, David S. D’Amato, Kenneth Haapala, David Guldenschuh, Corey DeAngelis , Wayne Allyn Root, J.T. Edwards, E. Calvin Beisner, Jane M. Orient, M.D., David L. Applegate, Howard L. Simons, William Briggs, Timothy Ball, Michelle Smith, Gerard Gianoli, M.D., Ronald D. Rotunda (1945 - 2018), Randal O’Toole, James Wanliss , Yuri Maltsev, Stephen B. Presser, Michael Schaus, Jim Waters, Russ McCullough, Christopher Garbacz
“The Heartland Institute has been advising many in the administration on climate and energy policy, so we were certainly encouraged and excited the president promoted his pro-energy, pro-America vision in his State of the Union Address.” - Tim Huelskamp
January 9, 2018
By Leo Pusateri
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed into law two bills trimming back occupational licensing regulations by reducing training requirements for aestheticians, barbers, cosmetologists, and manicurists.
January 9, 2018
By Lindsey Curnutte
Badger Meter, a manufacturing company producing turbines and other industrial parts, is moving jobs from its Arizona plant to Wisconsin, citing the latter state’s right-to-work law as a factor.
January 8, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
A Supreme Court case, Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, could give government workers a reason to be merry in 2018.
December 4, 2017
By Benjamin Yount
Honeywell International Inc., a U.S. producer of consumer and commercial goods, announced it will indefinitely close the Honeywell Uranium Hexafluoride Processing Facility in Metropolis, Illinois in the first quarter of 2018.
December 3, 2017
By Greg R. Lawson
The explosive growth of occupational licensing has continued in all 50 states, a new study reports.
November 2, 2017
By Andy Singer
An Oklahoma Department of Labor task force studying occupational licensing’s effects will send its final report to Gov. Mary Fallin in December, after receiving advice from the public and policy experts.
November 1, 2017
By Leo Pusateri
Lawyers representing an Illinois state government employee challenging the constitutionality of deducting union fees from his paycheck will present opening arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS).
October 31, 2017
By Lindsey Curnutte
Congressional Democrats are lining up behind two bills in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to repeal right-to-work (RTW) laws in 28 states and prohibit states from passing such laws.
October 11, 2017
By Lindsey Curnutte
Next year, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will start enforcing work requirements for food stamp recipients living in 70 of the state’s 95 counties.
September 8, 2017
By Kimberly Morin
Georgia state government officials have submitted a plan to the federal government for permission to phase in work requirements for more of the state’s food stamp recipients.
August 24, 2017
By Brandi Wielgopolski
Two Sandoval County, New Mexico commissioners are proposing a county ordinance to prohibit some businesses from requiring union membership as a condition of employment.
July 24, 2017
By Kimberly Morin
Lawyers representing Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) filed paperwork in July to dismiss an attempt to overturn the state’s right-to-work law.
July 23, 2017
By Jeff Reynolds
In a series of lawsuits filed in Washington on the state and the district court levels, lawyers representing Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 775 are fighting the Freedom Foundation.
July 22, 2017
By Hayley Sledge
President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka went to Congress to sell her idea for government-mandated paid parental leave.
July 21, 2017
By S.M. Chavey
Legal requirements mandating the terms and conditions of employment for private contractors doing construction work for the state or local governments in Missouri will be rolled back starting on August 28.
July 10, 2017
The proposal would tap a surplus of medical school graduates to meet a physician shortage.
May 17, 2017
By Scot Bertram
An independent baseball league is voicing support for an Illinois bill proposing to exempt players from the state’s minimum-wage laws.
May 17, 2017
By Kimberly Morin
The Wisconsin Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform approved a bill to remove restrictions on how state government agencies may partner with private businesses on capital infrastructure projects.
April 27, 2017
By Matt Hurley
The Ohio Legislature is considering bills to free local governments from prevailing-wage requirements for partnerships with private businesses on capital infrastructure projects.
April 20, 2017
By Elizabeth BeShears
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has created a new task force dedicated to reforming government hurdles to job growth, including occupational licensing.
March 7, 2017
By Ben Johnson
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) is cutting back some of the state’s occupational licensing requirements, exempting hair braiders from government rules intended for traditional hair stylists.
March 6, 2017
By Matt Hurley
Missouri is joining the growing number of states where union membership in a place of work is voluntary.
March 1, 2017
By Elizabeth BeShears
Michigan lawmakers are proposing to remove restrictions on how state government agencies may partner with private businesses on capital infrastructure projects.
February 28, 2017
By Kenneth Artz
A federal judge has ruled the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is required by law to determine how many coal mining and coal power plant jobs its emissions regulations have eliminated.
February 20, 2017
By Judy Allen
Labor unions in Missouri are collecting signatures to place a referendum question before voters in 2018, seeking to repeal the state’s newly enacted right-to-work (RTW) law.
February 13, 2017
By Clifford Thies
Freedom shouldn't mean, as Janis Joplin put it, "having nothing left to lose." Freedom should mean that the goodness of decisions such as choosing to work are rewarded.
February 2, 2017
By Jesse Hathaway, Matthew Glans, S.T. Karnick
“More lawmakers, all across the nation, are waking up to the economic and social benefits of right to work, and Missouri is just the latest state to board the worker freedom train.” - Jesse Hathaway
February 1, 2017
By Thomas A. Hemphill
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its annual report on union membership last week, and the numbers are not favorable for the U.S. labor movement.
January 26, 2017
By Marybeth Glenn
A Wisconsin lawmaker has announced he plans to introduce a bill that would remove restrictions on how state government agencies may partner with private businesses on capital infrastructure projects.
January 25, 2017
By Lindsey Curnutte
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) signed into law a bill allowing workers to opt out of union membership, removing requirements that workers join a union as a condition of employment.