Katie Meyer was WITF’s Capitol Bureau Chief from 2016-2020. While at WITF, she covered all things state politics for public radio stations throughout Pennsylvania. Katie came to Harrisburg by way of New York City, where she worked at Fordham University’s public radio station, WFUV, as an anchor, general assignment reporter, and co-host of an original podcast. A 2016 graduate of Fordham, she earned several awards for her work at WFUV, including four 2016 Gracies.
Katie is a native New Yorker, though she originally hails from Troy, a little farther up the Hudson River. She can attest that the bagels are still pretty good there.
WITF's Capitol Bureau Chief Desk is partially funded through generous gifts made in the memory of Tony May through the Anthony J. May Memorial Fund.
A spokesman for House leaders said the chamber is willing to consider the governor’s proposal. (Photo by AP)
(Harrisburg) — Governor Tom Wolf is appealing the legislature to pass laws getting rid of 13 professional licensing requirements, including ones for barbers, cemetery brokers — i.e. people who sell grave plots — and auctioneers.
He’s arguing, licensing requirements in those jobs can be a barrier that keeps people from working.
Across the country, the number of professions requiring special state licenses has ballooned over the last several decades.
Pennsylvania is home to 29 boards and commissions that regulate 255 kinds of licenses.
Wolf’s call for fewer regulations comes after the release of a study he commissioned via executive order last year on the impact of license laws.
The commonwealth is about average when compared with other states. However, the study found it does have five license types that don’t exist anywhere else in the US.
Only one–cemetery broker–made it onto the administration’s discard list.
Loosening professional licensing laws will take legislative action.
A spokesman for House leaders noted, existing license laws are in place for a reason–but added, the chamber is willing to discuss a change.