New businesses established in Illinois are the key to a strong economy. We need to remove as many barriers to entry for small businesses as possible. This includes instituting a 1-year “warning period” where penalties for minor regulatory infractions are not penalized. I want you to feel empowered to go into business for yourself. If you see a need in the market, you should be able to fulfill that need without wading through miles of red-tape and being scarred by thousands of paper-cuts.
State occupational licensing should be reduced. If you prefer to use a landscaper, nail stylist or cosmetologist that is privately certified, you should. But we need to recognize that excessive state-level licensing mandates are part of a system that reduces economic opportunity in our poorest communities.