Georgia Should Help Military Spouses with Occupational Licenses Get Back to Work
In a new policy short from the R Street Institute, Director of State Government Affairs Marc Hyden and Director of Commercial Freedom Jarrett Dieterle find that recognizing out-of-state licenses for military spouses will help them get back to work and provide for their families, make it less likely they will seek taxpayer-funded assistance, and boost reenlistment rates.
The authors conclude by saying, “if they are, in fact, married to a servicemember who has been transferred and have a current occupational license in good standing, then Georgia ought not prevent [servicemembers’ spouses] from working. Rather, the state should remove licensing boards’ discretion over whether to recognize out-of-state licenses and allow military spouse licensure portability across state lines. Doing so would greatly benefit an untold number of Georgians and the operability of the United States military.”