Create jobs for displaced workers
Licensure laws cost the American economy millions of jobs every year. Now is the time to roll them back. Here, we will introduce you to alternatives to these often unnecessary, burdensome, and insurmountable regulations, and practical ways your state can treat different occupations while protecting the public.
Barbering, cosmetology, and other beauty services utilize highly accessible skills that can be learned at home or on the job. They offer real opportunities to start small and learn the skills needed to advance in the industry—except that states require thousands of hours of training that costs thousands of dollars, just to start. These are costs the currently unemployed cannot afford.
The construction trades have been the path to the American Dream for millions of Americans. Unfortunately, some low-risk and otherwise accessible trades that involve basic home-improvement tasks are regulated in the same way major residential and commercial development projects are.
A job is the best way to lower recidivism. But just two years ago, 27% of people who had been imprisoned were unemployed, and that number has likely risen during the pandemic as industries hit hardest by layoffs are often most welcoming to those with criminal records. Unfortunately, many other jobs are unattainable because they require a license and licensure treats a record as an immediate disqualifier.
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