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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

Department of Developmental Services paid $1.5 million for client living in Massachusetts

The Department of Developmental Services paid over $1.5 million over the course of two years for a child who had moved to Massachusetts, according to a new audit of the department. “The department paid approximately $1,569,480 for services from January 2017 through June 2019 for an individual who was not ...

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Rep. Fishbein holds onto seat after election counting mistake; recount triggered

Rep. Craig Fishbein, R-Wallingford, held onto his seat in the 90th district by a very tight margin after Wallingford learned of a mistake in Tuesday’s vote counting in which one district did not count any votes.  Wallingford officials realized the mistake after the Office of the Secretary of State requested ...

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