State Licensing Laws and Their Impact on New Business Formation

feb caJason Wiens, policy director for the Kauffman Foundation, is providing testimony later this for a California state commission about how occupational licensing laws can stifle startups and prevent them from reaching their full potential. 

The session is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 4, in Sacramento, California. The hearing and public comments will be streamed live at 9:30 a.m. PT (12:30 p.m. ET) online on the California Channel (  

Wiens covers occupational licensing, new business formation and economic growth during the hearing, where he will present his findings to the Milton Marks “Little Hoover” Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy. The full text of his testimony will be made available on the Kauffman Foundation website on Thursday. 

The Commission is an independent state oversight agency that investigates state government operations and promotes efficiency, economy and improved service.   

Based in Kansas City, Mo., Wiens is policy director in Research and Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he leads the Foundation’s policy outreach and education initiatives to federal, state and local elected officials. Wiens also oversees a grant portfolio of policy-related research and is the lead author of the Entrepreneurship Policy Digest. He has been published in Roll Call, The Hill and Forbes.

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