Print Column: Are Capricious State Regulators Contributing to ND’s Child Care Shortage?

MINOT, N.D.—One of the most bedeviling problems facing the great state of North Dakota are chronic labor shortages, as generations of policymakers can attest.

A factor in labor shortages is a paucity of services such as child care.

Contributing to the child care shortage, perhaps, is a regulatory regime for care providers which is both arduous for care providers and capricious for those unlucky enough to find themselves in the crosshairs of enforcement.

Recently a Fargo business, Curious Kids Childcare, had its license revoked by regulators after an incident in which three children got away from caretakers for a short period of time through a gate that was inadvertently left open.

Taken at face value that enforcement might seem appropriate.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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