Southeast Michigan Chapter Event: Michigan’s Loony Licensing Laws

October 19, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Detroit Beer Company

1529 Broadway Street, Detroit,

In Michigan (and most states), you are far more likely to hear about the issues of minimum wage and unions than you are about licensing laws. But the first two affect only one percent and 15 percent of the workforce, while over 20 percent of Michigan workers are subject to a state license.

Michigan mandates licenses for painting and decorating, but not drywall hanging. Installing wood floors and tile, but not carpeting and vinyl. Putting up gutters, but not fences. Laying concrete, but not asphalt paving. House wrecking, but not house moving. And note that each of the above licenses require 60 hours of approved courses, whereas an amateur pilot’s license requires only 40 hours of training and will allow you to fly anywhere in the country!

Come hear about one of the most significant obstacles standing in the way of a competitive workforce as Jarrett Skorup of the Mackinac Center presents some of the findings of his upcoming study on licensing in Michigan. This talk will focus on the areas our state has mandates that few others do, where our requirements are out of whack, and the silliest occupations dealing with onerous restrictions.

Michigan’s Loony Licensing Laws

Keynote Speaker: Jarrett Skorup, Policy Analyst, Mackinac Center

Where: Detroit Beer Company, 1529 Broadway St, 3rd Floor

Doors Open at 6pm, Panel at 6:30pm

Join us for this discussion and evening to meet and network with other professionals from across Michigan. As always, we will have lots of food and your first drink is on us!

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