Governor Kim Reynolds joined President Donald Trump and seven other governors for a round table discussion at the White House. One of the topics talked about was occupational licensing reform.
Economic research has demonstrated that many requirements do not protect the public, but are a barrier to entry for new professionals, primarily supported by those who want to limit competition. Iowans who want to pursue a profession should be allowed the opportunity without unnecessary burdens, including excessive fees and inconsistent requirements that don’t make sense.
This year an occupational licensing reform bill was approved by the Iowa House and introduced in the Senate. ITR looks forward to working with the Senate and Governor Reynolds to cut this red tape tax next year.