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Dangers of painting: MI tightens reqs to be licensed painter

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By Jarrett Skorup| Michigan Capitol Confidential

Michigan wants painting contractors to take exams and pay a fee. The Institute for Justice calls these licensure requirements a burden on low- and middle-income earners.

LANSING — Want to make a little extra cash painting houses this summer? Thanks to Michigan’s licensing apparatus, it’ll cost you.

Michigan law requires painting contractors to pay $235, take 60 hours of state-approved pre-licensure education, pass two exams and be more than 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, said occupational licensing has “rapidly become a burden.”

“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. “Workers spend a lot of time getting licensed rather than working.”

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