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Occupational Licensing in Wisconsin: A Roadmap for Reform

In a joint brief with the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, we lay out the problems with occupational licensing in Wisconsin and what meaningful reforms can be enacted.
By Julie Grace and Kyle Koenen
June 14, 2021

Policy Priorities: Dental Therapy

Helping all Wisconsinites gain access to quality dental care
By David Fladeboe and Julie Grace
March 2021

Policy Priorities: Occupational Licensing

Reducing barriers to work
By David Fladeboe and Julie Grace
January 2021

Nearly 1,000 out-of-state health care providers help Wisconsinites during pandemic

Streamlined licensing reciprocity should be made permanent and extended to other professions
By Julie Grace
December 7, 2020

Telehealth Changes

They're working and should be made permanent
By Julie Grace
December 2020

How Missouri Passed the Best Licensure Reform Bill in the Country

In 2020, Missouri joined a growing coalition of states in reforming their occupational licensure laws. We hosted an event with Rep. Derek Grier (R-Chesterfield) and Sen. Brian Williams (D-St. Louis) to discuss how they accomplished this

Universal licensure recognition bills gain momentum

A growing list of states that have adopted universal licensure recognition
By Julie Grace
July 22, 2020

Iowa adopts model occupational licensing reform package

Measure creates universal recognition, waives fees for low-income workers, expands opportunities for ex-offenders
By Julie Grace
June 24, 2020

A victory over regulatory expansion

Relentless bureaucratic creep undermines competition and hurts consumers
June 5, 2020

Universal licensure recognition works

Accepting out-of-state credentials should continue after the crisis ends.
By Julie Grace
May 13, 2020

Paving the way for Tesla

Outdated Wisconsin law hampers electric automaker’s direct-sales business model
By Paul Gores
April 30, 2020

Telemedicine to the rescue

In wake of COVID-19, telehealth regulations have been loosened; those changes should remain even after crisis is over
By Martha Njolomole and Julie Grace
April 2, 2020

Analysis: Wisconsin's military licensing reciprocity law a model for broader reform

Arizona, Pennsylvania paved way for full licensure recognition
By Julie Grace
March 25, 2020

State licensing barriers hindering healthcare workers during crisis

Lawmakers should streamline regulations so more people can work
By Julie Grace
March 23, 2020

Stuck on the sidelines

Occupational licensing regulations can undermine public health in the name of protecting it
By Julie Grace
March 17, 2020

New bills would make it easier for Wisconsinites to work

Senate committee passes two licensing reform bills
By Julie Grace
February 12, 2020

Protectionist and restrictive

Decisions from licensing boards are oftentimes arbitrary and unfair
By Betsy Thatcher -
January 29, 2020

Legislature right to consider options to licensure

Bill allows for optional registration for in-state insurance adjusters
By Julie Grace
January 21, 2020

'Sunrise review' would inform legislators about impact of proposed occupational licenses

Wisconsin should join states that have enacted sunrise laws as an alternative to new licenses that fence out workers and don't protect the public
By Julie Grace
January 16, 2020

A Primer on Occupational Licensing

What is occupational licensing, how does it affect employment and consumer costs, and what options exist for reform?
By Julie Grace and Collin Roth
January 2020

Adjusting the occupational licensure mindset

Creating a license for public insurance adjusters is not necessary in Wisconsin
By Julie Grace
October 23, 2019

Absence and Violation

Wisconsin licensing boards are routinely in violation of law requiring public representation
By Julie Grace
October 2019

Occupational licensing reform in Wisconsin should be bipartisan issue

Nationally and across the states, policy-makers from both parties are supporting less burdensome licensure rules
By Ed Timmons
August 14, 2019

Licensure reforms fuel entrepreneurs across Wisconsin

Fewer barriers mean barbers and stylists are now free to own and grow their businesses beyond shops and salons.
By Marilyn Krause
July 10, 2019

Licensing reform could fulfill aspiring chiropractor’s lifelong dream

Wisconsin’s ‘arbitrary’ exam scores fencing out many young professionals
By Betsy Thatcher
February 19, 2018

Wisconsin’s chiropractic requirements need adjustment

Badger State requires higher score on national exam than most other states.
By Michael Jahr
January 23, 2018

Barber Albert Walker looks on as Gov. Walker signs licensure reform bills on Nov. 27, 2017.

Occupational licensing reforms signed into law

Several regulations removed from the books, freeing professionals from onerous and unneeded requirements.
November 27, 2017

Samuel Haack and James Rohde

State licensure rules stand in way of on-demand barbering startup

UW students can’t launch Uber-like haircut business in Wisconsin without action from Legislature
By Betsy Thatcher
June 7, 2017

Green Bay barber stymied by state licensing rules

Albert Walker, whose clients include many Packers players, has years of experience but can’t run his own shop.
By Betsy Thatcher
May 17, 2017

A new approach for occupational licensing in Wisconsin

Wisconsin currently licenses hundreds of professions. Some of those are unobjectionable, but other licenses are problematic.
By Ike Brannon
April 7, 2017

A common-sense approach to teacher licensure in Wisconsin

POLICY BRIEF
As the labor market for teachers evolves, we need more competition and less regulation.
By Scott Niederjohn and Mark Schug
April 2017

Government's Love for Licensure

(and the real-world stories of Wisconsinites cheated out of their livelihoods)

Research and stories show the need for occupational licensing reform in Wisconsin. Authors include Ike Brannon, Logan Albright, Scott Niederjohn, Mark Schug and Jan Uebelherr.
April 2017

Massage therapist finds continuing education requirements for licensing onerous

"How often do ethics change in massage therapy?" she wonders.
By Jan Uebelherr - March 28, 2017

Salon owner says Wisconsin licensing hurdles make it tough for small businesses

"We’re not playing with people’s lives. We’re playing with people’s hair," Krissy Hudack says.
By Jan Uebelherr
March 20, 2017

Long ordeal to get licensed in Wisconsin frustrates aspiring hair stylist

Beauty school graduate just wants to work but has been thwarted for over a year.
By Jan Uebelherr
March 16, 2017

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