Op-ed: Onerous Iowa Occupational Licensing Laws Limit Opportunity and Cost Millions

A recent editorial in the Des Moines Register pointed out the stringent licensing laws that pervade the cosmetology industry in Iowa. As the article discusses, current occupational licensing rules require beauticians in training to undergo more than a year of full-time training. Schools providing that training charge around $20,000 for their services despite wage prospects after graduation being barely more than minimum wage, in many cases. One cosmetologist still owes more than $8,000 despite working as a hairdresser and part-time at Pizza Hut for the past 13 years…

Read the full op-ed as it was published by The Des Moines Register.

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