Gov. Walker gets behind push to curtail occupational licenses

Gov. Scott Walker is moving forward with an effort to slow the increase in occupational licensing requirements in Wisconsin.

In his welfare reform plan this week Walker is promising to reduce occupational license requirements already in the law without saying yet which ones may be targeted for removal.

There has been a bipartisan push in recent years across the country to curtail licensing requirements. Critics argue the licenses can be excessive and a burden to people trying to enter a profession while also passing along increasing costs to consumers.

There are more than 370,000 active license and credential holders in Wisconsin and 244 license types regulated by the Department of Safety and Professional Services. They cover everyone from interior designers to auctioneers, dentists to private security guards.