Statement on Governor Eric Greitens' Executive Order on Occupational Licensing

Women’s Foundation released the following statement regarding the executive order signed today by Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. The executive order notes that some boards and commissions may unreasonably regulate Missourians by improperly limiting access to a profession or service.

“We commend Governor Greitens for recognizing that unnecessary government regulations in the form of professional licensing requirements can sometimes limit access to economic opportunities. Women’s Foundation research has shown that these requirements can be especially harmful to women entrepreneurs and small business owners.  We look forward to working with the Governor and this new task force on reforms that remove barriers for women entrepreneurs and increase opportunities for women to serve on boards and commissions.”

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