You of sore and hurting feet, life may get more expensive thanks to Sen. Fletcher Hartsell (R- Cabarrus). He is our “Bad Bill of the Week” winner with Senate Bill 619, otherwise known as Pedorthist Licensure. Most people would not even know what a Pedorthist is much less feel there is a need to license them. Pedorthists specialize in the use of footwear and supportive devices to address conditions which affect the feet and lower limbs
Sen. Hartsell desires to make anyone who sells footwear or devices register with the state and pay a licensing fee – which they will promptly pass on to us. This law will also expand state government by giving the new board the power to “Employ and fix the compensation of personnel that the Board determines is necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this Article and incur other expenses necessary to effectuate this Article.”
As we have seen this week, licensing fees are just another way for the state to raise money. Gov. Perdue’s new budget raises fees on currently licensed occupations anywhere from $50 – $200 per license. You will be seeing those costs in higher prices on everything from getting your teeth fixed to a picture taken. New regulations and new taxes…
And to think we have gone all these years without this. How did we survive?