Let Wisconsin Home Bakers Legally Sell Their Cookies
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Wisconsin is threatening me with a year in jail and a $10,000 fine simply because I want to sell cookies, cakes and muffins made in my kitchen, even though it should be legal for me to do so.
My name is Hannah Shaw and I am a mother of three children. As in many families, money is tight and my husband and I can’t keep up with all of our bills. But as a true Wisconsinite, I came up with a plan: Turn my kitchen into a home-based small business and sell the same delicious treats our mothers and grandmothers made in their kitchens. The only problem is Wisconsin is still enforcing its ban on selling home-baked goods, even though a judge recently ruled that the ban was unconstitutional. And the cookie police are going after me and other home bakers across the state.
Selling home-baked goods started out of necessity for me and my family. Two of my children were born with developmental issues and I quit my job to give them the attention they needed. But raising a family of five on a single income is difficult and baking gave me the flexibility to raise my kids and bring in extra dollars. I started baking cakes for families and friends to pay for school supplies, and soon word spread in my community about my delicious and beautiful cake designs. I started a Facebook page, but soon the state came knocking on my door, telling me I will become a criminal if I sell one more cake made in my home kitchen.
If I want to continue to provide for my family with my baking small business, I would have to get a commercial license, which requires paying tens of thousands of dollars to rent or build an expensive commercial kitchen. I do not have the money—or the time—to rent a commercial kitchen when I have a perfectly safe and clean kitchen in my home. I have no interest in becoming a full-fledged professional bakery. All I want to do is bake a few cakes each week to pay for everyday household necessities. Wisconsin is wrong to keep enforcing this ban on selling home-baked goods.
You can help me and hundreds of other home bakers across America’s Dairyland. Please sign this message to Gov. Scott Walker and the Attorney General, asking them to stop enforcing a law against home bakers that has been declared unconstitutional. Wisconsin should let home bakers get to work, earning extra money for our families and serving delicious baked goods to our friends and neighbors.
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