The Licensing Game
Louisiana licenses florists. Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Connecticut license "home entertainment installers." Seven states license upholsterers. In 33 states you need a license to be an auctioneer; in 36 states you need a license to call yourself a "makeup artist"; and in five states you need government approval to be a "shampooer." Before you can work as an interior designer in Washington, D.C., the District of Columbia Board of Architecture and Interior Design requires that you supply educational bona fides, pass an "examination administered by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification," and pay $175 in fees.
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