License to Kill Jobs

by Ramesh Ponnuru

My new column is on state licensing requirements, and how they’re bad for consumers and job creation.

Melanie Armstrong wanted to be an African hair braider, practicing a skill passed down from generation to generation. In Tupelo, Mississippi, where she lived, government licensing rules meant she had to take 300 hours of course work to start her salon: 300 hours, she notes, “none of which covered hair braiding.” . . .