Despite calls for shrinking government, professions seek regulation

Even as political leaders vow to shrink government at all levels, practitioners of occupations from pet grooming to tree trimming are asking state legislators to require licensing for their professions, Stephanie Simon reports at the Wall Street Journal.

“Occupations prefer to be licensed because they can restrict competition and obtain higher wages,” Morris Kleiner, a labor professor at the University of Minnesota, tells Simon. “If you go to any statehouse, you’ll see a line of occupations out the door wanting to be licensed.”

Connecticut requires licenses for some four dozen occupations, including what Simon says is the nation’s only glaziers’ license. Bills to add polygraph operators and swimming pool installers were filed this year.