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You Didn’t Build That: Occupational Licensure in CT

by Ryan Murphy

Connecticut needs as many entrepreneurs as it can get. But for many would-be small businesspeople, Connecticut’s stringent occupational licensure laws stand in the way.

Connecticut licenses 241 occupations, from hairdressers to glaziers. Often sold in the name of public safety, more often licensure laws serve as artificial barriers to entry designed to limit supply and protect other occupations from unwanted competition. A study by the Institute for Justice considers Connecticut the 15th most broadly and onerously licensed of any state.

Read the full study here

Tong Seeks to Expand Powers of the Attorney General

Connecticut’s Attorney General William Tong is seeking to fulfill his campaign promise to aggressively pursue civil-rights violations by introducing a bill to the Joint Committee on Judiciary that would expand his office’s powers to take action in civil-rights cases. Not only was the bill, HB 7222, written at the AG’s ...

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The Fitch Files: Connecticut Dept. of Labor Oversight Spurs Lawsuit Against State Contractor

Ferguson Contractors is a large construction firm that has worked on major public works projects including the Buley Library at Southern Connecticut State University and the UConn Health Center Research Tower.  But Ferguson now faces a court battle against former employees who claim they were underpaid for their benefits while ...

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