Earlier this week I praised Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for forming a task force to review the need for the state to continue licensing so many occupations. Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered that a brand new occupational license for music therapists went into effect just last month in Oklahoma. As I’ve previously written about here, here, and here, licensing music therapists is unnecessary and overly burdensome. Indeed, Oklahoma is only the fourth state in the country to find the case for licensing music therapists persuasive.
If Governor Fallin is serious about reforming laws in Oklahoma that irrationally keep people from starting businesses and obtaining work while failing to provide the public with meaningful protection, then that task also falls directly on her and her pen. Only when politicians stop paying lip service to economic liberty, and really begin to take action to protect our precious right to earn a living by vetoing and repealing crony-backed licensing schemes, will the hardworking people of this country truly be able to get busy pursuing happiness through their work.