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DES MOINES, Iowa. – Americans for Prosperity-Iowa (AFP-IA) praised the Trump Administration for calling on state governments to prioritize occupational licensing reform during upcoming legislative sessions and for issuing recommended principles to remove barriers to work. AFP-IA believes embracing these principles will help expand access to fulfilling work for thousands of Iowans.
AFP-IA’s State Director Drew Klein issued the following statement:
“Outdated and unnecessary occupational licensing laws are a barrier to thousands of Iowans finding meaningful work and maximizing their potential. In an economy that has us struggling to find enough workers, our laws often lock people out.
“We commend the Trump Administration for recognizing the need for occupational licensing reform that puts people first. The Iowa legislature has an opportunity this session to pass legislation that will reduce the burdens of occupational licensure in our state. We encourage them to come together in support of legislation that will empower every Iowan to find fulfilling work and help our employers address workforce shortages.”
Earlier this week, AFP-Iowa launched www.LetIowaWork.com and is currently working with William Burt of Waterloo on a bill that would remove a regulatory barrier that keeps him from bringing his barbering skills to underserved communities in Iowa.
The Trump administration called on state governments to act on occupational licensure reform and issued six principles it believes are critical for good reform.
Occupational licenses are ostensibly intended to protect consumers from harm, but research and historical observations suggest licensing laws have negligible and even negative effects on health and safety. Instead, occupational licenses serve entrenched interests by insulating them from competition.
An Obama White House report also found that: “Licensing laws also lead to higher prices for goods and services… Moreover, in a number of other studies, licensing did not increase the quality of goods and services, suggesting that consumers are sometimes paying higher prices without getting improved goods or services.”