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Architects, CPAs, engineers, surveyors push back against licensing deregulation campaigns

Thanks to a key Supreme Court antitrust ruling in 2017, generous foundation funding for occupational licensing research with a libertarian bent, state government bids to deregulate, and pressure from the federal government, especially the military, it has become conventional wisdom over the last two decades that occupational licensing is anti-competitive, a needless hurdle for jobseekers, and a depressor of the economy that must be reformed.

But the Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing, recently formed by groups representing certified public accountants (CPAs), engineers, architects, landscape architects, and surveyors, disagrees with that narrative when it comes to regulation of highly technical . . .

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