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America’s Red-Tape Machine Ensnares Millions of Young Have-Nots

  • Spread of licensing hurts labor dynamism, economists say
  • Problem is on Washington radar; solutions lie at state level

At the Suffolk Beauty Academy in the suburbs of central Virginia, Jasmine Cumbo was schooled on the ins and outs of hair styling. Basic course work included shampooing and conditioning; intermediate classes focused on subjects like braiding and braid extension. Ten months after enrolling in 2013, she walked out with a diploma in cosmetology. Ready to start cutting hair for a living? Not even close.

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