MORE GOVERNMENT IS NOT THE ANSWER!
here in California we have a hack epidemic.
the government comes out and says, "to be a contractor you need this,this,and this, ...EPA this , IRS that"
the average technician who has been in the field for years is scared to apply.
meanwhile, some guy who gets off the boat from Micronesia says "yeah yeah yeah, i got all that...26 years as a contractor in Micronesia"
then, he gets his Micronesian buddies to lie for him on the application,
....the honest tech doesn't have this.
if the contractor's board raises an issue, the Micronesian starts screaming "racism".
...and guess what?
even though the contractor's board requires 5 years experience, they cave and give the guy a license even though his real experience is less than a year.
and you think more government will help this?
the inspectors out here are a joke.
they don't even know what the hell they are looking at.
the government keeps them dumb on purpose.
we had an American contractor guy who was getting information from old ladies, on jobs, then emptying their bank account.
despite numerous complaints, the board never pulled his license until they did a big story about him on TV.
we need more corrupt government?
the solutions are simple.
the government needs to give people a general test.
it doesn't matter if you've been in the field 5 years or 5 minutes, if you know your sht, you pass, and get your license.
if too many people (percentage) complain about your company, you lose your license.
if people want to hire contractors without checking credentials, that's their risk.
there's little reason for people to get burned by contractors, because in most states you don't have to pay much of anything until the job is done