Occupational licensing – requiring someone to obtain a license from the government before being able to work in a job of their choosing – is a burden on the economy and prevents too many people from reaching their economic potential. The burdens of excessive occupational licensing fall disproportionately on the poor and on racial and ethnic minorities, though ultimately, this issue affects all hard-working Floridians.
A wide range of jobs are subject to occupational licensing, from cosmetologists, to contractors, and athletic trainers. There are good reasons for licensing requirements with many jobs. With those jobs, we can make the licensing process simpler, faster, and more efficient. With other jobs, it is a question whether we need licensing at all.
In Tallahassee, I will pursue occupational licensing reform. I will work to cut the regulations and red tape that hold back hard-working Floridians. Governor DeSantis has announced his support for occupational licensing reform, which means that this is a bipartisan issue that both sides can work together to address.