Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Arizona's Cosmetology Cartel in Action

It's not only oligarchs that are using government to eliminate competition. Even Arizona's cosmetology cartel is getting in on the act. Mark Meranta at the Institute for Justice emails:
I noticed that you embedded our video about the TN limo drivers a while back. We really appreciated you giving us a shout out on your blog. I wanted to let you know about our brand new economic liberty case that is launching today. It involves a group of Arizona entrepreneurs that are being driven out of business due to protectionist licensing laws that have nothing to do with the health/safety of the public.

Here's the background in a nutshell:

Eyebrow threading is very popular in Arizona (and in various other states around the country). Threading is a natural and safe method of hair removal that uses a single strand of cotton thread to remove unwanted hair, most commonly from the eyebrows, with no chemicals, dyes, hot wax or sharp objects. To protect their business interests, the Arizona Board of Cosmetology is now requiring skilled threaders to obtain an aesthetician license, which requires at least 600 hours of classroom instruction—not one hour of which teaches or tests threading—and that can cost over $10,000. Because Arizona's (and the U.S.) constitution protects economic liberty, we're taking the cosmetology board to federal court.
The Arizona Republic, the big paper of record in Arizona, has a fantastic piece today blasting the law and supporting our lawsuit:

Here's a link to our backgrounder for more info:

Here's a quick video that explains the case and introduces the clients:

1 comment:

  1. It's pretty easy to make a case that there should be NO government enforced licensing. But I'm not going to make that case here. Preaching to the choir and all that.