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Occupational Licensing in Nebraska Creates Barriers to Jobs

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Bureaucratic red tape is putting too many good jobs out of reach for hardworking Nebraskans like Brandy, Ilona, and Luke.

About 24 percent of jobs in Nebraska require a government license, encompassing nearly 200 different professions, and many of us can’t afford the expensive and lengthy requirements.

Red tape regulation is placing a hidden tax on Nebraskans, too. Our current system of job licensing is costing your family over $900 a year.

Sometimes, Nebraska’s burdensome job licensing requirements are unheard of even in our neighboring states, creating unnecessary obstacles for Nebraska’s economy, and our low-income workers, military families, and new small businesses.

While some licensing requirements make sense, in many cases, the barriers to entry created by these licensing requirements provide no benefits to public safety and only reduce entrepreneurship, restrict competition, and increase prices for Nebraskans.

Occupational licensing reforms can help Nebraskans create more and better businesses, and more and better jobs, by removing unnecessary barriers to entrepreneurship. Here are fact sheets and other resources about the career opportunities that can be made more accessible through various occupational licensing reform bills:

Abstracter/Title Examiner – LB345
Audiologist – LB343
Bank Executive Officer – LB341
Barber – LB343
Cosmetologist – LB343
Electrologist – LB343
Esthetician – LB343
Farm Labor Contactor – LB507
Massage Therapist – LB343
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counselors – LB344
Motor Vehicle Salesperson – LB346
Nail Technician – LB343
Nurse – LB342
Potato Shipper – LB348
Reflexologist – LB588
School Bus Driver – LB347

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