RENT-SEEKERS GOTTA SEEK RENTS: Despite a May ruling declaring the ban unconstitutional, Wisconsin continued to target home bakers.
According to the state attorney-general’s office, Judge Duane Jorgenson’s ruling only applied to the three women who had challenged the baked-good rules in court: Dela Ends, Lisa Kivirist, and Kris Marion, all farmers and bakers who wanted the right sell homemade goods directly to consumers. They filed a lawsuit last year with help from the nonprofit Institute for Justice (IJ).
Today, Jorgenson issued an opinion clarifying that no, the ruling was not limited to letting Ends, Kivirist, and Marion peddle home-baked foods, but applied to all entrepreneurs like them in the state.
“This is more than a win for us home-based bakers,” said Kivirist, “it’s recognition that all small businesses have the right to earn an honest living free from irrational government regulation.”
Kudos to Judge Jorgenson for delivering a swift kick to the state attorney general’s office behind, which seems to be in thrall to Big Bakeries.