Occupational licensing is one of many ways in which government unnecessarily burdens low-income New Mexicans.
As can be seen below and at this link which is to the New Mexico page of the latest edition of “License to Work,” a paper produced by the non-profit libertarian law firm Institute for Justice.
New Mexico’s low-income workers face the 9th-heaviest licensing burden among US states and New Mexico is the 11th most broadly and onerously licensed state.
Occupational licensing is yet another area of potential bi-partisan cooperation. The Obama Administration outlined some serious concerns about the over-reliance on government licensing.
If New Mexico’s legislators are serious about the issue, they need look no further than Arizona which has enacted the most aggressively pro-worker occupational licensing reforms in the nation with its “Right to Earn a Living” law.