Policy Brief

Occupational Licensing Kills Jobs

Unnecessary Licenses Are Killing Jobs in Florida

Florida needs to take a hard look at its licensing requirements. In many instances licensing requirements can be replaced with consumers exercising choice among competing providers, which serves consumers well in so many other states. Allowing and encouraging voluntary certification by professional groups and independent ratings by business and consumer groups also can be valuable and quickly remove bad actors from the market. And requiring insurance for some occupations to cover claims by consumers if they are harmed may also provide protections in some instances.