The national push to curtail occupational licensing requirements and regulations is gaining momentum in Wisconsin.
The conservative, libertarian public interest law firm the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty introduced a report Tuesday it hopes will guide the Republican-controlled Legislature as it tackles the issue.
Assembly Republicans said in their agenda for the next two years that they want to review education, experience and other licensing requirements and eliminate licenses that don't provide legitimate public safety benefits.
Gov. Scott Walker has also talked about making changes.
The WILL report says there are more than 440,000 credential-holders regulated by the state and that has increased 34 percent since 1996. Its report argues that licensing requirements for many jobs raises prices and reduces competition, making it harder for people to find jobs.