My daughter is a Registered Nurse, certified to work in Maine.
She was looking at which states have reciprocal certification agreements with Maine.
It made me think, doesn't Maine need more nurses, especially young ones?
Wouldn't Maine want to accept certifications from other states to make it easier for nurses to relocate here?
Don't hold out for other states to accept Maine certifications - just do it, for the benefit of our state.
Ditto for many other occupations requiring licenses or certifications.
I didn't know, "A 2015 Current Population Survey shows Maine had the highest unadjusted rate of licensure in the US (30.2 percent) among employed workers."
"Not only does a significant portion of Maine’s workforce have to be licensed, Maine requires licenses for far more occupations than most states. A 2007 report published by the Reason Foundation found that Maine licenses 134 individual occupations, the third highest total in the country..."
Occupational licensing reform should be a slam dunk for the legislature. Frame it as a measure to open things up for young people and immigrants.