Nevada's outgoing governor isn't the only one questioning the need for licensing boards that set standards and license workers in many occupations.
While defenders say the boards protect the public from harm, others suggest they are unnecessary for occupations that don't require high skill levels.
I think that we have too many licensing boards now. You have to have a license to cut hair for a living.
How many people were harmed by haircuts before they were licensed? If someone gave you a bad haircut, you just didn't go back the next time you needed a hair cut.
The article later states,
During recessions, workers who lose their jobs need the opportunity to start their own businesses, and licensing agencies often make that difficult, Berliner said. "Many, if not most, make it difficult to start home-based businesses. That is important for people who have lost their jobs."
People should have the opportunity to start their own businesses any time. That is what made America great.
What we need is less licensing and more freedom. As it says in The Declaration of Independence, we are endowed "with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness".