Regulatory Reform

Nebraska ranked 9th for health care openness and access

Nebraska ranked 9th for health care openness and access

To see the study – click here. To see the details on Nebraska – click here. The Mercatus Center has pre-released its Healthcare Openness and Access Project (HOAP).  This index measures the extent to which states leave patients, providers, and businesses free to seek or provide healthcare as they deem best. Each state is evaluated...

By Sarah Curry

News Release: COVID-19 Budget and Economic Dos and Don’ts

News Release: COVID-19 Budget and Economic Dos and Don’ts

The Platte Institute has released a list of recommendations for state policymakers on issues of tax compliance, budgeting, regulation, and government transparency in the COVID-19 crisis.

Iowa suspends health care worker license requirements amid COVID-19 crisis

Iowa suspends health care worker license requirements amid COVID-19 crisis

Nurses and doctors are at the forefront of the COVID-19 crisis.  At a time when our country is trying to avoid an overrun of our healthcare system, technicalities and license requirements need to be relaxed.  We can look to Iowa for a perfect example of this. Governor Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health...

By Sarah Curry

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 emergency response requires state policymakers to focus on the essential and conduct their business with transparency.

COVID-19 shows importance of planning ahead

COVID-19 shows importance of planning ahead

The last week or so has been something of a whirlwind here in Nebraska, as cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) started to show up. Events have been canceled, schools have closed, state basketball tournaments have been modified to have no meaningful fan presence, colleges have moved toward remote classes, and some businesses have closed down temporarily....

By Laura Ebke

Universal Recognition and Labor Competition

Universal Recognition and Labor Competition

I noted last week that recent research by the Goldwater Institute suggests that universal recognition enacted in Arizona was showing significant benefits for both the state's labor market and for workers seeking to continue to practice their occupation in a new location. A new policy report from Arizona State's Center for the Study of Economic...

By Laura Ebke

Red Lights, Free Speech and Occupational Licensing

Red Lights, Free Speech and Occupational Licensing

Here’s an interesting story about the silliness of some occupational licensing boards. A man trained in electrical engineering, questions the formulas used for timing red lights in Oregon, after his wife gets a ticket for moving through the intersection to make a right turn on a yellow (the light turned red while she was turning)....

By Laura Ebke

News from Arizona: Universal Recognition Works

News from Arizona: Universal Recognition Works

Universal Recognition for occupational licensing burst onto the scene almost a year ago when Arizona enacted its "universal recognition" bill last April. Pennsylvania became the second state to enact universal recognition in late July of 2019.  This year, more than a dozen states, including Nebraska, saw legislation introduced (although none passed yet) which would create...

By Laura Ebke

Field of (Broken) Dreams?

Field of (Broken) Dreams?

A recent analysis by the Archbridge Institute found that in neighboring Iowa, occupational licensing requirements added between 1993 and 2012 was associated with a 4.7% reduction in economic mobility and a 10.9% increase in income inequality.  Growth in occupational licensing is associated with fewer opportunities for workers to earn more than their parents and a...

By Laura Ebke

30 Days to Go

30 Days to Go

Today (Tuesday, February 25) marks Day 30 of Nebraska's 60-day legislative session this year. Halfway there. In reality, probably a little over halfway, because Speaker Scheer has typically tried to close the session out between days 57 and 59.  If you look at the Legislative Calendar found here, you'll see that Day 59 falls on...

By Laura Ebke

Imagine There’s No License

Imagine There’s No License

Sometimes, circumstances remind me of songs, and the John Lennon song "Imagine" came to mind as I was reading the articles I link to below. This article popped up in my Google alerts yesterday.  It appears that a couple of legislators in Tennessee have decided to float a very bold idea: Tennessee lawmakers introduced two...

By Laura Ebke

Protectionism and the Licensing of Occupations

Protectionism and the Licensing of Occupations

On Thursday, I testified on two bills before the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee of the Nebraska Legislature. The first one I testified on was Senator Andrew La Grone's (LD49) LB1187, which would provide for "universal recognition" of occupational licenses of people who move to Nebraska from other states. A nice write up of...

By Laura Ebke

Occupational protectionism hurts workers

Occupational protectionism hurts workers

  It’s been an interesting couple of weeks in Nebraska on the occupational licensing front. Yesterday was particularly interesting. My colleague, Laura Ebke, testified yesterday in support of LB1187 introduced by Sen. Andrew LaGrone to allow for universal recognition of occupational licenses held in good standing in other states for individuals coming to Nebraska to...

By Nicole Fox