SACRAMENTO – On the first day in session of 2020, Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) presented AB 535 to the Assembly Revenue and Taxation committee, which would increase the amount of licensed mental health and housing professionals in California by providing a tax credit for initial licensing fees.
“Licensing fees in California act as a barrier of entry for many professionals either starting a new career or making a career change because these fees require individuals to go into debt before they can even get a job,” said Brough.
According to a study by the Little Hoover Commission, one in five Californians must receive permission from the government to work. For a lower-income licensed occupation in California, applicants, on average, pay $300 in licensing fees, spend 549 days in education and training, and must pass one exam.
“Homelessness in California is the result of mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, and formerly incarcerated. We need more mental health professionals to help these individuals and get them off the streets,” concluded Brough. “Providing a tax credit to these professions is a small way to help encourage more of these professionals to work here in California and in return will help fix some of our biggest problems.”
AB 535 is currently pending a vote in the Assembly Revenue and Tax Committee and has until January 24, 2020 to be voted out of the committee.
Assemblyman William P. Brough represents the 73rd Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Aliso Viejo, Coto de Caza, Dana Point, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Las Flores, Mission Viejo, Rancho Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Silverado and Trabuco Canyon.