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Governor Bobby Jindal Announces the Appointment of Faith Miller to the Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy

BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced the appointment of Faith Miller to the Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy.

The Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy serves to regulate and license massage therapists who wish to practice in Louisiana.

According to the statute, the governor appoints seven members, five of whom are licensed massage therapists, nominated by professional massage therapy associations. Two lay members who are unaffiliated with the massage therapy industry are appointed from a list submitted by professional massage therapy associations.

Faith Miller, of Baton Rouge, is the owner of The Massage Emporium.  Miller will be appointed to serve as a lay member who is unaffiliated with the massage therapy industry and is appointed from a list submitted by professional massage therapy associations, as required by statute. 

This is a perfect example of how Louisiana’s government is completely out of control. We have a Board of Massage Therapy. You have to be licensed to be a massage therapist in this state.

Why? What difference does it make if you have a piece of paper from the state? It’s massage therapy – either you can do a good job giving massages or you can’t. And if you can’t, the market will sort you out in no time flat. In fact, if you can’t do massage one would have to ask why you would want to pour capital into a massage therapy business in the first place. An inability to perform the service you’re selling might be an impediment to executing your business model, n’est-ce pas?

How much the state spends on useless boards like this one is a question we don’t have an answer to at the moment. It probably isn’t a lot. But a move to deregulate things like this, the idiotic licensing requirement for florists and the comically-stupid board which prevents monks from making caskets, could well help generate economic growth, employment, sales taxes and commercial space occupancy from new business startups. We’ve got rising unemployment in Louisiana, a sluggish economy (at best) and a ten-figure budget deficit on the horizon. Our government needs to start doing less and needing less money to do it.

Why are we appointing people to state boards which exist solely to protect market share for established operators and stifle competition?

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