Skip to comments.The Dangers of Painting — State Law Requires Training, Exam, Fees For the Right to Earn a Living
Posted on 06/05/2012 11:07:39 AM PDT by MichCapCon
Want to make a little extra cash painting houses this summer? Thanks to Michigans licensing apparatus, itll cost you.
Michigan law requires painting contractors to pay $235, take 60 hours of state-approved prelicensure education, pass two exams and be over 18 years of age, according to the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public interest law firm. Michigan is one of only 10 states that licenses painters and only five states require any education to paint for a living.
Lisa Knepper, director of strategic research at the Institute for Justice, worked on the firms recent report on licensing in all 50 states. She says that occupational licensing has "rapidly become a burden" on middle-class citizens across the nation.
"We looked at 102 occupations affecting low or middle-income workers. What we found is that these licensing burdens are not only widespread, but irrational," she said. "[States force] workers [to] spend a lot of time getting licensed rather than working."
Michigan requires licensing in a variety of areas not commonly done in other states.
Floor sanding and finishing contractors, those who "scrape and sand wooden floors to smooth surfaces using floor scraper and floor sanding machines," are required to pay $215, take 60 hours of state-approved education, pass an exam and be over 18 years of age. Michigan is one of only nine states who require licensing for floor sanders, and only five states require any extra education to perform this task.
If citizens want to install security alarms, the state requires $200, over 1,400 hours of training, an exam and a minimum age of 25, according to the Institute for Justice. Sixteen states require no license for security alarm installers.
Glaziers, those who install glass, are licensed in only nine states. Michigan requires a license, $215, 12 days of experience and an exam. Only four states require any extra education to perform this task, the Institute found.
Belinda Wright, a licensing manager with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs for the State of Michigan, said that painters who receive more than $600 for a project need to be approved by the state.
The law says that residential builders and residential alteration contractors (painters) require a license, she said.
Occupational licensing proponents often point to the requirements for safety reasons. But Kneppler said it is unlikely that this licensing has made Michigan a less dangerous place to work and live.
We are not aware of any epidemic of harm from residential painters or floor sanders around the nation from unlicensed workers, Knepper said. This undermines the case that it is truly a safety issue.
The state Office of Regulator Reinvention has recently suggested 18 occupations that should be deregulated. One industry, barbers, are required to spend 2,000 hours in training more than lawyers in Michigan.
House Bill 5326 submitted to the Michigan legislature by Rep. Ray Franz would exempt individuals and contractors from a variety of licensing mandates, including painting. It currently sits in committees for the State House and Senate.
I wonder sometimes if laws like these are intended to benefit illegal alien workers.
More likely these laws were instituted to protect and promote unions.
It can get much worse then that. My business did not even exists 15 to 20 years ago. We pioneered it and invented it. Now the government is trying like crazy to come in and regulate this business industry. Imagine that you helped start an industry, helped pioneer the industry, and then some government idiot that has no clue about the industry, is going to come in and tell you how to properly operate the industry. It is beyond ludicrous.
Six months, I read the instuctions and installed mine in six hours.
If it moves, regulate it. If it keeps moving, tax it. It it stops moving, fund it.
Where can I get me a license for that?
Its just like the $1M for a cab license in NYC.
Mafia scam, no freelancers allowed.
Will admit though that there are places were regulations are merited, different operation method then mine, but the government never stops with just the minimal required regulations. They will shutdown the entire industry if given half a chance. In that case, no regulation is better then absolute regulation. And this is a non-dangerous business. Cannot cause any significant problems for humans.
I have found through life that if the job performed requires private payers, regulations come slow and can be beaten in a court of law. If the government pays for the service you perform either directly or indirectly you are then SOL.
When I chose to become a real estate appraiser (many moons ago...) there was no licensing requirement, no class time, etc. If you could get someone to hire you and your work was good word got around and work continued. Then came the S&L “crisis”. A scapegoat was needed and the appraisers were it. On came the state agencies, license requirements, class time each year to renew your licence. It started out small and snowballed with each year. The licensing fees went to pay the salaries of those now employed by the licensing agencies and the offering of classes required for license renewal became a new money-making industry.
It is NEVER about creating more qualified people, it is ALWAYS about the money....and if you can squash some private enterprise, so much the better....
The rent-seekers can gouge even deeper by allowing “subletting.”
LOL. They are probably trying, cc.
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