I had a half-filled grocery cart at Woodman’s grocery store and found out they do not take credit cards. I presented the cart to a worker and let the store place the items back on the shelves.
I wanted a bright yellow hat and looked at local stores to no avail.I came home and shopped Amazon Prime for pantry goods–98 pounds at no shipping cost delivered to my door.
Anyone with an oven and a recipe should be able to have a baking business—but that is not the case in Wisconsin, where selling baked goods made in your home kitchen is punishable by up to $1,000 in fines or six months in jail. Wisconsin is one of only two states (the other being New Jersey) to ban the sale of home-baked goods.
Wisconsin’s home-baked-good ban has nothing to do with safety. The state bans home bakers from selling even food the government deems to be “not potentially hazardous” such as cookies, muffins and breads. The state also allows the sale of homemade foods like raw apple cider, maple syrup and popcorn, as well as canned goods such as jams and pickles. In addition, the state allows nonprofit organizations to sell any type of homemade food goods at events up to 12 days a year.
The ban is purely political. Commercial food producers like the Wisconsin Bakers Association are lobbying against a “Cookie Bill”—which would allow the limited sale of home baked goods—in order to protect themselves from competition. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, who owns his own commercial food business, even refused to allow the Assembly to vote on a Cookie Bill last session, despite bipartisan support.
That’s why on January 13, 2016, three Wisconsin farmers joined with the Institute for Justice in filing a constitutional lawsuit in state court against Wisconsin’s State Department of Agriculture. The lawsuit will ask the court to strike down this arbitrary home-baked-good ban and allow home bakers to sell home-baked goods—like muffins, cookies and breads—directly to their friends, neighbors and other consumers.
Complaining about this assault on political speech is only “self-righteous whining,” says Mr. Rickert, who makes his living off the First Amendment, undiluted, thanks to a generous exemption from campaign finance law. (Read it and weep here.) Via Chris Rickert, hand over your laptop and cell phone this instant! @ Blaska’s Bring It!
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In so many cases, and certainly in Whitewater, projects for innovation are (1) schemes to take public money, (2) pretend it has a productive or civic purpose, (3) while actually using it to enrich undeserving, white-collar business people and their connected friends. Via Innovation as a Fad @ FREE WHITEWATER.
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Hasn’t private property been working well for over 300 million on this continent? Via Fighting Bob.
Favoring well-funded groups: ….Edward Fallone, an associate professor at Marquette University Law School, said the possibility of charging demonstrators for police costs might be problematic because some groups might not be able to afford to pay.”Im a little skeptical about charging people to express their First Amendment opinion,” he said. “You cant really put a…
Next: She calls for return of horse & buggy, oil lamps. Via Tammy Baldwin
Restricted market benefits only few insiders, injures many consumers. Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Fixed number of permits hasn’t changed since 1991; one owner now controls half the cabs in the city. Lawsuit seeks liberalization to benefit consumers and prospective cabbies. Via Anthony Sanders in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Falling prices spur sales; headline obscures the relationship between price and demand. Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Popular, trendy fare offers consumers choice. Via Wisconsin State Journal.
Local agencies had requested about $10 million in state reimbursement. Via Capital Times.
Right rules the Milwaukee airwaves now. Via Blogging Blue.
The hidden secret: government meddling in the free market… Although the author of the story clearly dislikes the free market, it’s not a free market when government meddles — it’s a manipulated or regulated market. Politicians simply favor some businesses over others, subsidizing those concerns, thereby giving them an unfair advantage in the marketplace. An…
Mediocre airline facing more popular rivals. Via BizTimes Milwaukee.
From conservative blogger Ann Althouse — YouTube – Protests at Wisconsin Capitol the night the Senate passed the budget reform bill..
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Writing as though that’s yet to happen anyway… Via Isthmus | The Daily Page.
Intervention in private economy: meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
568 MW, SPLT, WF, Cbl, $220M obo Via Green Bay Press-Gazette.
New Glarus, Stevens Point, and Minhas all up over last year. Via Badger Herald.
Beginning at noon. Via Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.
Struck about year ago in Mifflin Township — on sale for $400 per piece. Via WISN Milwaukee.
No halfway measures…. Via Libertarian Party.
Trying hard to deny consumers right to drink organic milk in America’s Dairyland. Via Wausau Daily Herald.
Keeping sales restricted to a few sellers. Via La Crosse Tribune.
Dean Foods, in antitrust settlement, to sell off one of two Wisconsin plants it purchased from Foremost Farms. Wanting everything in sight is different from lawfully owning everything in sight. Via AP.
Via Wisconsin Pediatricians Press Release.
Skilled, tenured, respected, but that’s not enough for regulators. Via Racine Journal Times