The state of Michigan has added more than 100 occupational licenses to state law since the 1960s. Everything from practicing acupuncture to working as a librarian to selling flowers requires people to pay fees, get specialized education and training or pass state tests — or all of the above. At a time when the state is seeing shortages in almost every area of the workforce, policymakers should consider what they can do to make it easier for teachers, nurses, therapists, hair stylists, construction workers and more to get and stay in the workforce.
This Issues and Ideas event will discuss reforms the Great Lakes State has made in the last decade as well as where it can do more. The panel will feature Jaimie Cavanaugh of the Institute for Justice, an expert in licensing issues from a national perspective. Anne Davis, a psychotherapist who has seen the licensing system up close will also participate, as will Jarrett Skorup, the Mackinac Center’s expert on Michigan’s licensing laws.