This week marks a new regular feature by the Civitas Institute entitled "Waste of the Week." Think that NC state government has been "cut to the bone" and has been tightly trimmed to focus exclusively on 'core services' of state gov't?
Each week Civitas will highlight a state government office, agency or expenditure that few would be hard-pressed to defend as a core function of state government. Many of these items may not come with a large price tag, but you’ve got to start somewhere. Consider these the “low hanging fruit” that should be easy for state legislators and budget writers to eliminate.
Those lawmakers who claim to want to limit the size and scope of state government should pay close attention, as should voters. If legislators can’t even find it in themselves to eliminate the items featured in this series, then what will they be willing to eliminate?
The first installment in this series focuses on state occupational licensing boards and commissions. These are groups that require licensing and other unneccessary regulations for mostly service-sector professionals, and serve as a means to protect existing businesses from potential competition. Restricted competition hurts consumers.
A recent state audit also pointed out that these boards and commissions have such little state oversight that there is not even agreement as to exactly how many there are.
To learn more about this week's "Waste of the Week," click here.