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Which Laws Should Be Repealed in 2015? Suggestions for Lawmakers

January 5, 2015

With a new Congress taking office, we can expect to see a number of new laws passed. But what about repealing old ones? Writing in Forbes, George Leef, Director of Research of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, offers his suggestions for laws that both federal and state governments should repeal in 2015. These include:

  • The Davis-Bacon Act. This law mandates that on all federal construction projects, wages are set by the Department of Labor at union rates, destroying competition. The law, says Leef, benefits a few workers while costing taxpayers money.
  • Occupational licensing laws. States and cities across the country require people in certain professions to have licenses, even for those who are florists or hair braiders. These laws limit competition and require aspiring workers to receive unnecessary and expensive training in order to obtain licenses.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Authority to impose a minimum wage is found in the FLSA, which raises labor costs for employers and makes it more difficult for low-skilled, inexperienced workers to access jobs. Leef writes that compensation should be decided between the employer and the employee -- not the government.

All of these laws artificially raise prices due to government interference in the marketplace.

Source: George Leef, "Dear Politicians: Resolve To Make 2015 The Year Of Repealing Bad Laws,", December 30, 2014.


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