Occupational Licensing Regulatory Reform to Promote Jobs and Economic Liberty

Event Jobs and Labor

July 26, 2017 Occupational Licensing Regulatory Reform to Promote Jobs and Economic Liberty

The right to earn a living and better oneself is at the heart of the American Dream. But in recent decades, many states have passed numerous laws that make it very hard, if not impossible, for individuals to get a start in business. 

An Economic Liberty Task Force has been formed by Federal Trade Commission Chairman to address this important issue. iStock

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Live Streamed

The Heritage Foundation

Lehrman Auditorium

214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC
20002

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Featuring Opening Remarks by

The Honorable

Maureen Ohlhausen

Acting Chairman, Federal Trade Commission

Description

The right to earn a living and better oneself is at the heart of the American Dream. But in recent decades, many states have passed numerous laws that make it very hard, if not impossible, for individuals to get a start in business. A growing number of professions, such as barbers, bartenders, florists, and cosmetologists are subject to excessive licensing requirements that go far beyond what is needed to protect the health and safety of community members. These laws now affect nearly a third of American workers, denying employment opportunities and raising the cost of affected services. An Economic Liberty Task Force has been formed by Federal Trade Commission Chairman to address this important issue. Following opening remarks from Acting FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen, an all-star panel of experts will examine what can be done to eliminate these excessive burdens and promote economic freedom.