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JUNEAU, Alaska – Americans for Prosperity-Alaska (AFP-AK) praised the Trump Administration for calling on state governments to prioritize occupational licensing reform during upcoming legislative sessions and for issuing recommended principles to remove barriers to work. AFP-AK believes embracing these principles will help expand access to fulfilling work for thousands of Alaskans.
AFP-AK State Director, Ryan McKee issued the following statement:
“Outdated and unfair occupational licensing laws are a barrier to thousands of Alaskans finding fulfilling work and achieving their potential. We tell folks to get to work, but our laws make it so difficult for them to do so.
“We commend the Trump Administration for recognizing the need for occupational licensing reform that puts people first. This session, we encourage Alaska’s lawmakers to seize every opportunity to work together and pass legislation that reduces the burdens of occupational licensure on Alaskans.”
The Trump administration called on state governments to act on occupational licensure reform and issued six principles it believes are critical for good reform.
Occupational licenses are ostensibly intended to protect consumers from harm, but research and historical observations suggest licensing laws have negligible and even negative effects on health and safety. Instead, occupational licenses serve entrenched interests by insulating them from competition.
An Obama White House report also found that: “Licensing laws also lead to higher prices for goods and services… Moreover, in a number of other studies, licensing did not increase the quality of goods and services, suggesting that consumers are sometimes paying higher prices without getting improved goods or services.”
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