FTC Chair To Take On Job Licensing With New Task Force

By Jimmy Hoover (February 23, 2017, 1:30 PM EST) -- The new acting chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission launched a task force Thursday to tackle state and local licensing requirements that have proliferated in recent years for everyone from hairdressers and makeup artists to interior designers, a new initiative designed to pare down on "dubious" and "ridiculous" requirements threatening economic growth.

During a speech at George Mason University's law school, her alma mater, acting FTC Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen railed against the "egregious" effects of occupational licensing, citing a study averring that unnecessary trade certification requirements block 2.85 million jobs and cost consumers $203 billion annually.

"The public health and safety...

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