Arkansas is one of the most burdensome states for occupational licensing. As State Representative, I will work to overturn the occupational licensing legislation that stifles start-up businesses and keeps individuals from competing in the free market. Mandatory licensing and unnecessary education requirements hurt the poor by limiting job opportunities and the ability to develop a skill. Moreover, prices of goods and services increase when there are fewer in the market competing against each other. Studies show that decreasing education requirements and licensing mandates would increase job opportunities and make prices on goods and services more affordable. As state representative, I will work hard to repeal any legislation that hinders job opportunities for struggling families. I will also be a voice and a vote against corporate welfare in Little Rock. The legislature should not be in the business of picking winners and losers through subsidies or legislation that creates an advantage for some over others. This is why it is important to keep government power limited and local. The more limited government is, the less incentive corporations have to lobby politicians for favors. The closer government control is to our communities, the easier it is to monitor our elected officials, making sure they are championing our interests and not their own.