SMI In the Springfield Business Journal
The Springfield Business-Journal ran a nice article about my occupational licensing study and some reactions to it. I think it’s a great article, and I thank Jeremy for his interest in the subject.
Like any good journalist, the reporter got quotes from all sides of the debate. And, man, did he ever get some good quotes from the supporters of licensing (all emphasis below is added):
“The licensing process is a must,” said Detwiler, who along with fellow state-certified massage therapist Stephanie Lansdown run The Neuromuscular Clinic, which opened Nov. 15 in Springfield. “If you don’t know what you’re doing and say that you do, you could really do some harm to somebody.”
Clearly, this person has never tried to pick someone up at a bar.
“If we did the same work in San Diego, it would be a lot more expensive,” Detwiler said.
“I think it’s more about where you are. I don’t think the licensing would really have an effect on price.“
Believe it or not, we actually considered the issues of cost-of-living. The therapist is right that it matters, but wrong when he or she says that it explains the difference between Wichita and Springfield. The two cities have a very comparable cost-of-living, and Wichita’s is actually slightly higher. The main reason a massage session is $10 more in Springfield than Wichita is licensing, not costs of living.
I’ll finish with one quote that shows progress being made:
He added that the National Council of Architecture Review Boards has in recent years made it easier for architects licensed in one state to get licensed in others.
That is one way for the harmful effects of licensing to be reduced, and I applaud the architects for making it happen.