CGO Research Manager Josh T. Smith testified before the Colorado state legislature’s House Finance Committee on April 17, 2019.
This is the second instance in 2019 where Smith was asked to testify on matters related to Colorado’s occupational licensing regulations. In February, he testified before the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee.
Smith’s remarks in April were similar to those presented before, where his written testimony outlines the current academic research on occupational licensing across the US. His overall findings suggest that licensing regulations often limit opportunities for employment, raises costs of goods and services, and does little to protect consumers.
CGO scholars and fellows are occasionally invited to provide testimony to public hearings and legislative meetings. They also occasionally conduct independent analyses addressing government policies and proposals which are submitted to agencies as public interest comments. These testimonies and comments are designed to assist policymakers as they study and explore issues. The views expressed in testimonies and comments are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University or the views of Utah State University.