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  • Six Reforms to Occupational Licensing Laws to Increase Jobs and Lower Costs

    Posted on July 10, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Byron Schlomach

    Do you have a love of fabric, furniture, and a talent for decorating? In a few states, unless you have a license, it’s tough luck if you want to start a decorating business. Most states actually have laws that limit the use of the title “interior designer.”

  • Who’s Afraid of African Hair Braiders?

    Posted on June 26, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach

    Why are cosmetology boards so obsessed with African hair braiders? African hair braiding is a technique of braiding hair into intricate patterns without using any dangerous chemicals. And even though cosmetology schools rarely, if ever, teach the art, at least every other year a story appears somewhere in the country about an African immigrant or American teenager ordered by a cosmetology board to stop braiding hair for money.

  • Learning from Arizona's Personal Income Statistics

    Posted on June 14, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach

    First the bad news: Arizona’s per capita personal income is eleventh lowest among the states and is 14 percent lower than the national average. But there’s also good news: In the past, Arizona’s per capita income has been closer to the national average and there is no reason it cannot be again.

  • Arizona's Secret Growth Industry

    Posted on May 08, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Stephen Slivinski

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor released employment data for all 50 states. Arizona has done reasonably well since March 2011, adding 47,000 non-farm jobs. That’s a growth rate of around 2 percent and puts Arizona among the top 10 states.

  • Of Statistics and Strawmen

    Posted on May 07, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach

    Blogger Mike McClellan criticizes the Goldwater Institute and me specifically for our estimate that the 1-cent sales tax rate increase would cost Arizonans 14,000 to 20,000 jobs. He cites the increase in the number of jobs in the state over the last two years and recent predictions that job growth will pick up as evidence of how wrong we were. There’s just one problem with McClellan’s thesis; it has no basis.

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