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Michigan Requires More Training for Makeup Artists Than Car Mechanics

And that's just one of many oddities in the state's licensing laws.

Caro / Robert Seeberg/NewscomCaro / Robert Seeberg/NewscomDonna Williams has worked as a makeup artist in California and on movie productions in her home state of Michigan. But when she looked into the possibility of opening her own salon, she found that doing it legally would require 400 hours of training in skills she already had.

To lawfully apply makeup to people's faces and get paid for it, Williams would have to obtain an esthetician license. On top of the 400 hours of class time, she would have to pass multiple tests and pay $200 to the state. Becoming a full-fledged cosmetologist—someone allowed not just to apply makeup but to style hair and offer other salon services—would require 1,500 hours of study.

"I've already spent $25,000 on my education," Williams tells Michigan Capitol Confidential, a nonprofit statehouse news website. "I'd actually considered moving to Las Vegas because there's a lot of shows out there, that you don't need a license for." Unfortunately, not everyone affected by Michigan's licensing laws have the ability to move in search of a better place to work.

Last week I highlighted some new research showing how occupational licensing limits economic mobility and increases inequality. This is a case in point. Someone who has the skills to be a makeup artist should not have to sit through hours of expensive classes before being able to find a job.

Does Michigan's esthetician licensing law protect the public, or is it an arbitrary entry barrier that drives workers out of state in search of better opportunities? Consider the fact that becoming a certified auto mechanic in Michigan does not require any mandatory classes, just passing some exams and paying $25 to the state. Evidently Michigan's makeup-artist lobby is stronger than its mechanics' lobby.

That's hardly the only weirdly inconsistent barrier to work in Michigan. As Jarrett Skorup, director of communications for the Michigan-based Mackinac Center, points out in a 2016 report, Michigan requires a license to be a carpenter but not to hang drywall. Likewise, "you need a license to pour concrete, but not lay asphalt. You need a license to install a tile floor, but not lay carpet. It takes more hours of training to be a barber in Michigan than it does to be a commercial airline pilot."

A 2017 report released by the Institute for Justice, a libertarian law firm, points out that Michigan requires people wishing to start a bill collection agency to have six months of experience in that field before getting a license, while emergency medical technicians must complete a mere 194 hours (about 45 days) of training. "Not only is it illogical to require four times as much training for bill collection agencies as for emergency first responders," the authors of the report note, "but 20 states do not license bill collection agencies at all."

Such obviously arbitrary rules deserve a thorough review by someone other than the boards that enforce them. Some states are starting to realize that. Before the end of the week, signficant licensing reform bills could pass in both Louisiana and Nebraska, giving lawmakers in both states a mandate to review and eliminate unnecessary, onerous, and anti-competitive rules. Those proposals, if they pass, will hopefully spur state lawmakers in other places to consider similar ideas.

Photo Credit: Caro / Robert Seeberg/Newscom

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  • Rich||

    Michigan Requires More Training for Makeup Artists Than Car Mechanics

    Well, of course! A makeup artist could *shoot your eye out*!

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    And fashion wrecks are even more deadly than automobile wrecks.

  • SQRLSY One||

    If your car breaks down in the middle of a traffic emergency, a small handful of folks might die...

    If your makeup fails, your reproductive success (and therefor the genetic future of the entire race!) might be at stake! So I underSTAND these priority rankings, yes I do!!!

    Mech-tech fails, then crankshaft fails...
    Blood and guts spill, cut limb flails...
    Makeup tech fails, wankershaft fails...
    Genetic future of all is on the rails!

  • Juice||

    Bernie Sanders introduces bill to impose jail time for execs behind opioid crisis

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will introduce a bill Tuesday that would impose jail time for pharmaceutical executives whose companies engage in manipulative practices when marketing opioids.

    The legislation would impose a 10-year minimum prison sentence and fines equal to an executive's compensation package if the individual's company is found to have illegally contributed to the opioid crisis. It would also impose an additional fine on those companies of $7.8 billion — one-tenth the annual cost of the crisis, per a 2016 estimate.

    Paging Dr. Sanders.

    Christ, what an asshole.

  • Rich||

    To be fair, such jail time would also apply to legislators whose laws are found to have contributed to the opioid crisis, right? RIGHT?!

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Wrong. Comrade Sanders knows that legislators' intentions are always good. Tis far nobler to pass laws regarding who can do what with which substances than it is to, you know, make and sell medicine.

  • Juice||

    He knows they're not motivated by profit.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    This sounds like a recipe for more prison rape.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Behold: the intellectual genius that many a grass roots Democrat wanted to get the nomination in 2016.

    Every time I hear some far left pin head bitching about how "Bernie would have won," part of me thanks the DNC for rigging the nomination for that old crone that no one liked.

  • Telcontar the Wanderer||

    "Nah, I don't really feel like it."

    -John Alexander Thompson

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Unfortunately, not everyone affected by Michigan's licensing laws have the ability to move in search of a better place to work.

    Choose your laboratory of democracy wisely.

    But, as for this specific scenario, may I remind everyone that we still have not effectively dealt with the clown epidemic. Oh, the MSM (REASON INCLUDED) has done a great job sweeping it under the rug for more titillating stories, to be sure, but clowns are still outside our kids' school, right inside the treeline, ready to pounce. And you can't have clowns without makeup. I for one am quite happy knowing that there's some government regulators out there watching out for my precious little ones. Perverts.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Michigan Requires More Training for Makeup Artists Than Car Mechanics

    I suspect that makeup artists are a cattier group and don't let just anyone through the proverbial door.

  • Rebel Scum||

    Michigan Requires More Training for Makeup Artists Than Car Mechanics

    Have you even SEEN the amount of different make-up and make-up tools there are? //sarc

  • Tony||

    Well, makeup can turn a face into a train wreck.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Two snaps up on that comment.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    [moves head like a cobra]

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    [pushes cobra back into basket]

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Damn, dude, don't touch my cobra.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    We just wrote a Malt Liquor commercial.

  • Telcontar the Wanderer||

    Tulpa, you gotta be less obvious.

  • TuIpa||

    "Michigan Requires More Training for Makeup Artists Than Car Mechanics"

    So, what does the article cover that makes this comparison less retarded?

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    O/T: A little dated, but this may explain why we haven't seen SIV in a while.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new.....-1.3231991

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    So keep plucking that chicken if you must, but always remember to wash your hands.

    Wise words.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    SIV's whole thing is that he misheard "plucking" once, years ago.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    He also misheard Proverbs 30:17:
    "The eye that mocks a father and despises a mother's instructions will be plucked out by ravens of the valley and eaten by vultures."

    That's why whenever he is rude to his parents, he goes outside hoping the ravens will come to punish him.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    He knows Ravens are smart enough to be kinky.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    These euphemisms...

  • I am the 0.000000013%||

    Thank god anyone can become a software developer.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    +1 self driving car.

  • Eidde||

    Well, if your car is malfunctioning and you have an accident, it might kill you, but if you survive the accident with improper makeup, you could *just die.*

  • BYODB||

    States do this because things like 'makeup artist' are pretty low skill work (I mean comparatively, anyway) so they need extra insulation to keep their wages from going to $2.00 an hour under pressures from immigrant labor and domestic start ups.


    Duh.

  • John||

    http://www.politico.eu/article.....order/amp/

    Gang-related gun murders, now mainly a phenomenon among men with immigrant backgrounds in the country's parallel societies, increased from 4 per year in the early 1990s to around 40 last year. Because of this, Sweden has gone from being a low-crime country to having homicide rates significantly above the Western European average. Social unrest, with car torchings, attacks on first responders and even riots, is a recurring phenomenon.

    Shootings in the country have become so common that they don't make top headlines anymore, unless they are spectacular or lead to fatalities. News of attacks are quickly replaced with headlines about sports events and celebrities, as readers have become desensitized to the violence. A generation ago, bombings against the police and riots were extremely rare events. Today, reading about such incidents is considered part of daily life.

    But it will be different here. Sure it will.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I'm always a little suspicious on how often other countries only emphasize gun violence. I know in Britain they like to emphasize that compared to the US, while conveniently ignoring over all violence rates.

    I don't quite understand why GUNS specifically are the death to be feared. As if getting stabbed in the heart is a big relief.

  • John||

    The problem here is not gun violence but a general explosion in violence. Read the quote again. bombings and attacks on police stations are now so common they are considered part of daily life. That is a big problem and it has nothing to do with guns.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I agree, and that's why I'm bothered how often news sources seem to want to discuss "gun violence" specifically. Like how when I was looking for violence statistics during the London Knife banning. They have categories for "gun violence" and then all other violence is grouped together.

    This is done for a reason, and I think it's because people get particularly hysterical over gun related things, and so London can say "Look, no gun violence."

    The thing that made me think about it is the quote from you "Gang-related gun murders, now mainly a phenomenon among men with immigrant backgrounds in the country's parallel societies, increased from 4 per year in the early 1990s to around 40 last year." which explicitly calls out gun violence.

  • BYODB||

    Frankly, I'd rather be shot than stabbed or gassed to death so I'm a bit confused by it too.

    Some people seem to believe that guns, one of the most equalizing inventions of recorded history, is so much worse than when a meatbrick of a human simply crushes your puny form with their rippling muscles or stabs you through with a four foot long serrated piece of metal or stone.

    Should only the strong rule? Oh, wait, I forgot that's basically the central premise of Progressivism.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    They also believe that they're strong enough to know what's right for everyone. Almost as if might... equals correct.

  • BYODB||

    One and done, son!

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    It might be different here. Europe sucks balls at integration. And before you think I think bringing in 1,000,000 Syrian refugees in 15 minutes is what I'm shilling for, I'm not. Europe prides themselves at being forward-thinking on immigration, but they're not. their progressive vision is to ghettoize large numbers of recent immigrants and hand them a check.

    As long as we don't do that here (and yes, that's exactly what most progressives want) then we have a better chance of having immigrant populations transition and integrate peacefully.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    It's just a weird stew of incest and patronizing over there.

  • BYODB||

    Like Appalachia without the banjos and a lot more cocaine?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Like an Appalachia that is inordinately proud of the family that enslaved them hundreds of years ago.

  • Telcontar the Wanderer||

    So, like Massachusetts?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I will always agree to insults against Massachusetts.

  • Telcontar the Wanderer||

    Their royals certainly appreciate their drown de seigneur.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I want more people to know about the quality of pun you just made.

  • Telcontar the Wanderer||

    Don't bother. No amount of forewarning can save them now.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Zithers and caviar.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Shootings in the country have become so common that they don't make top headlines anymore, unless they are spectacular or lead to fatalities. News of attacks are quickly replaced with headlines about sports events and celebrities, as readers have become desensitized to the violence.

    So instead of us becoming more like Sweden like the Berniebots want, Sweden is becoming more like us.

  • pemaintoto||

    Salah. Kamerad Sanders tahu bahwa niat para legislator selalu baik. Jauh lebih baik untuk mengesahkan undang-undang tentang siapa yang bisa melakukan apa dengan zat-zat apa selain itu, Anda tahu, membuat dan menjual obat.

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