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Md. needs to tackle excessive licensing fees

Maryland's excessive licensing fees hurt low- and moderate-income workers.

Jay Steinmetz is correct that regulatory burdens have impeded Maryland's economic development and created an anti-business climate ("'Open for business' in Md.," Feb. 4). Maryland ranks among the worst states in the country for low- and medium-income occupations, imposing burdensome licensing requirements that impede entrepreneurship, raise the cost of doing business and create needless obstacles to employment for those most in need of a job. Gov. Larry Hogan and the economic development commission should seize this opportunity to review Maryland's occupational licensing laws and immediately jump start opportunity throughout the state.

Greg Reed, Arlington, Va.

The writer is an attorney for the Institute for Justice, a public interest law firm that challenges "unnecessary, arbitrary occupational licensing requirements" throughout the country.

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