Unfair And Unreasonable Occupational Licensing Restrictions

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It is time to change the status quo in Rhode Island. What if lawmakers were to realize the policy culture of considering only material needs has been harmful to our families? Instead, lawmakers should work to empower more families with the soul-fulfilling power of work by removing the obstacles that stand in their way. Rhode Island needs bold, broad-based reform ideas; ideas that will help existing and would-be businesses and families. One big idea is removing the heavy-hand of government occupational licensing restrictions on small businesses.

Unfair and unreasonable occupational licensing restrictions must be repealed if we want more Rhode Islanders to have a chance to improve their quality of life and engage in entrepreneurial commerce. This burdens are especially harmful to many people who would prefer to start new careers and earn paychecks instead of receiving welfare checks. The Ocean State ranks near last place on so many lists, it is wrong to keep to the status quo. A well-planned “shock” to the system is warranted. In too many instances, Rhode Islanders have to prove themselves worthy to the state, by conforming to its arbitrary standards in order to work. One big example, is the push to free natural hair braiders from these unnecessary licensing restrictions.

We support regulatory reforms that would free natural hair braiders from the occupational licensing mandates currently imposed on the harmless practice. Unfair and unreasonable occupational licensing restrictions must be repealed if we want more Rhode Islanders to have a chance to improve their quality of life and engage in entrepreneurial commerce. Only, 14 states, along with the District of Columbia, require hair braiders to acquire a specialized license. In Mississippi and Iowa, hair braiders have to register with the state. Specialty licenses require 600 hours of classes and can cost thousands of dollars.

Haven’t you had enough of the insider status quo machine? By speaking out, you can have a powerful impact on the debate in Rhode Island. Now is the time to adopt the free market ideas that can transform our home like removing the heavy hand of overly burdensome listening requirements. The rigged system in the Ocean State has kept too many people out of the process. Rhode Islanders want a state government that works for everyone not just the chosen few. Don’t just sit back and wait for change. Your family deserves prosperity, and you must demand the proven reforms that can transform our state.



  • Rhett Hardwick

    I have always assumed that regulations such as the hairbraiders license, or at least the enforcement of them, is the result of lobbying by the existing license holders. Are there hairbraider police? Who blows the whistle?

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