Occupational licensing laws have gone too far. They're hurting the American Dream. Barbers in Georgia don't need a thousand hours of training to practice cutting hair. Florists shouldn't need to be licensed to sell flowers. Hair stylists shouldn't need to pay $16,000 before they are allowed to braid hair.
Please co-sponsor and support the New HOPE Act (H.R.2155), which allows states to use existing federal funding to identify and remove unnecessary and burdensome licensing laws. It will make it easier for states to reevaluate these barriers, at no extra cost to the federal budget.
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Congress should alleviate inequality and reduce the burden on american workers by supporting the New HOPE Act and eliminate excessive occupational licensing.
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Occupational licensing is the practice of regulating who is allowed to do what job. In theory, this should protect customers from being scammed or hurt, but in many cases these laws have become so burdensome that they end up hurting vulnerable groups. They increase salaries for the rich while leaving the poor behind. They often unnecessarily make it hard and expensive for the lower and middle-class to make a living, like requiring over 1500 hours of education to become a barber!
Occupational Licensing and American Workers, Brookings
Occupational licensing hurts Georgians, R Street
So You Think You Can Be a Hair Braider?, New York Times