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As momentum for occupational licensing reform grows so do the depths to which opponents are willing to sink to maintain special treatment. Today’s occupational licensing laws protect established licensees, by making it more difficult for competitors to enter their industries. In fact, 30 percent of workers must seek government’s permission to work. A current fight in Arizona over exempting low-income applicants...[ read more ]

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The title of a new Mackinac Center report by Jarrett Skorup, "This Isn't Working: How Michigan's Licensing Laws Hurt Workers and Consumers," shows the various problems posed by today's level of occupational licensing. While the report focuses on Michigan, it provides a roadmap for other states to follow as they work to restore sanity to their occupational licensing laws. However,...[ read more ]

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On April 6, the House of Representatives added an amendment from Rep. Gary Palmer (AL) and Rep. David Schweikert (AZ) to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) before their recess. The amendment was drawn, in part, from the proposal in our previous Health Affairs Blog post. The proposal sparked a flood of media coverage, but many stories left much to...[ read more ]

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The public supports work requirements overwhelmingly, and they’re effective. ‘We will get our people off of welfare and back to work,” President Trump said in his inaugural address. He continued that theme the next month at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference. “It’s time for all Americans to get off of welfare and get back to work,” he told the...[ read more ]

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The Federal Trade Commission recently announced the rollout of an Economic Liberty Task Force. This major policy initiative’s first focus is on occupational licensing. Given the growing consensus that occupational licensing makes it more difficult for Americans to find work — especially those with low-incomes — this move by the FTC has the potential to increase economic opportunity . In...[ read more ]

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“The federal government makes a mess out of everything it touches… [But] government can work when it respects its limited role, and listens to the people.” This quote comes from Arizona governor Doug Ducey’s 2017 State of the State address. Over the two years since Governor Ducey took office, the Arizona Management System has developed into a guiding instrument for...[ read more ]

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One of the biggest sticking points as Congress moves to repeal ObamaCare is how to handle the issue of individuals with pre-existing conditions. Some Republicans have even pledged to vote against any repeal and replace effort that fails to address this problem. Yet there must be a better way than the current top-down, heavy-handed approach that has led to skyrocketing...[ read more ]

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One of the most significant yet underreported outcomes of ObamaCare is its impact on the truly needy. Before ObamaCare, our country maintained a safety net that was reserved for our neediest neighbors. The Medicaid program, for example, primarily served poor children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. But ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion sought to change this. It sought to transform a safety...[ read more ]

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Late Monday, House GOP leaders released several changes to the American Health Care Act, the House’s vehicle for partially repealing and replacing ObamaCare. The amendment would eliminate enhanced funding for new Medicaid expansion states and reducing funding for new enrollees in existing expansion states, starting in 2020. These are both critical steps to protect limited dollars for the truly needy...[ read more ]

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Since the rise of the internet, the world has witnessed more impressive levels of technological innovation than was ever thought possible. While this progress was quick to transform the American economy, government policy has struggled to keep pace. Those entering the new economy are different as well. Many millennials have the desire to start their own businesses. Young voters' respect...[ read more ]