Finding a good job in Hawaii is extremely difficult, and a major reason is the state’s occupational licensure laws.

A national Institute for Justice study says they are the most burdensome in the nation, covering more than 40 occupations in which residents must acquire the state’s permission before being allowed to work. In the name of protecting the consumer, these laws create serious employment “bottlenecks,” promoting unemployment and higher consumer prices, while doing little or nothing to guarantee consumer protection.

Please join us Monday, Nov. 13, on Maui  for an important discussion about these laws, featuring Dick Carpenter, director of strategic research for the Institute of Justice, along with our own Keli‘i Akina, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.

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