- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 11, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska think tank is launching a new campaign to highlight what it considers burdensome licensing requirements in a variety of professions.

The Platte Institute for Economic Research emphasized the issue Tuesday during a policy forum with entrepreneurs, state lawmakers and Gov. Pete Ricketts.

The group successfully lobbied last year to lift licensing restrictions on natural hair braiders, a proposal that won bipartisan support. On Tuesday, it pointed to massage therapy and nurse practitioners as examples of professions that have struggled because of state licensing rules.

Jim Vokal, the Platte Institute’s CEO, says the requirements create barriers to adding more jobs.

The group has also advocated for more contentious policies, such as income tax reforms and charter schools.

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