Pardon us while we take this opportunity to brag about something pretty great.
In less than one year, hundreds of Arizonans have been able to bust through government bureaucracy and get their licenses to work thanks to a Goldwater Institute law signed by Gov. Doug Ducey in April 2019—and that list is growing all the time.
Before the law, people who were licensed to practice a profession in another state had to go through the costly and time-consuming process of getting licensed all over again when they moved to Arizona. It’s a problem that has held back workers in every state in the nation—until now.
Under the Goldwater Institute’s Breaking Down Barriers to Work law, a person with a license to work in another state can get an equivalent license in the Grand Canyon State. “The basic idea is that if a person has been safely and successfully practicing a licensed trade in one state, that person should be qualified to practice it in Arizona,” Goldwater Institute National Investigative Journalist Mark Flatten writes in an In Defense of Liberty post.
Flatten collected data on how the law has worked in practice thus far, and the results are undeniable: The law is helping hundreds of Arizonans get to work. “Since the new law took effect less than a year ago, 751 people have used it to obtain their occupational licenses in fields as varied as cosmetology to construction to dentistry, according to a survey of state licensing entities,” Flatten writes.
Though Arizona was the first state to enact the law, other states are quickly following the Goldwater Institute’s lead. Pennsylvania and Ohio have passed versions of the law, and more than 20 states are taking similar action.
Read Flatten’s new report here.