New Ohio Law Takes Aim At Occupational Licenses, Which Cost State $6 Billion
“Signed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday, SB 255 dramatically reforms the state’s occupational licensing laws, which together have become one of the biggest barriers to job creation and upward mobility in the Buckeye State.
Today, far more Ohioans are licensed (18 percent) than are unionized (11 percent), with over 935,000 Ohio workers needing a license to do their jobs. Many of Ohio’s licenses are burdensome, especially for lower-income workers. In Ohio, the average occupational license for a lower-income occupation requires $188 in fees, nearly a year of education and experience, and an exam. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that licensing is a major drain on Ohio’s economy.” Read more.