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Four years ago, home bakers in Wisconsin won a court battle allowing them to sell bread, cookies and other baked items without a commercial license. But last year, after Ellie Boehm, 15, began selling macarons she baked, the Wisconsin Bakers Association sent her a letter warning that her business is in violation of the law. It turns out that the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, which enforces commercial baking licenses, has interpreted the court ruling as applying only to goods baked with flour. Macarons use almond powder instead. Boehm, the Wisconsin Cottage Food Association, and other plaintiffs are now suing the state, saying its interpretation of the original court ruling is too narrow and unfair.

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  1. It turns out that the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, which enforces commercial baking licenses, has interpreted the court ruling as applying only to goods baked with flour.

    I praise those bureaucrats for being so very transparent about their fucking scam.

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  3. the Wisconsin Bakers Association sent her a letter warning that her business is in violation of the law

    Who does the Wisconsin Bakers Association represent? Is this one of those quasi-private organizations that writes the regulations for Wisconsin’s bakers and that the courts at long last are starting to look at with a tiny bit of skepticism as to how the hell a private organization winds up writing the laws?

    1. This is the shit that pisses me off about the regulatory state – a lot of the regulations are nothing more than a restraint-of-trade scam put forward not by the government but by members of the industry itself. You have to be “board certified” to practice your profession and it’s not just doctors and lawyers, it’s architects and engineers, plumbers and electricians, dog groomers and barbers, landscapers and interior decorators, florists and bakers. You get a group together and approach the legislature about creating a governing board with tales of the horrors of people being subjected to ugly flower arrangements, offer to establish and run the board at no cost to the state through a system of licensing fees and, since no politician ever turns down the offer of more regulation, a board run by industry insiders is created “for public safety” and now if you want to be a florist you have to jump through hoops and pay fees to your competitors. It’s all a fucking scam.

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  5. There is no knead for these laws. If it goes to a jury, they would be known as the bakers dozen. The Wisconsin Bakers Association has a case of flour grapes. Damn interloafers.

    1. Way to rise to the occasion. Your response is not stale, but is the best thing since sliced…umm, help me out here. What’s the word I’m looking for?

      1. Muffin to see here. Move along.

        1. Government Almighty powers used to prevent your competitors from rising up? THAT is what brings in the DOUGH, baby! THAT is the icing on the cake, for the Wisconsin Bakers Association!!!

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        2. Government Almighty protecting us all from baked goods NOT blessed by the Wisconsin Bakers Association? It’s the only thing standing between us and a HORRIBLE yeast infection! It’s the yeast of what the Wisconsin Bakers Association AND Government Almighty can do for us!

          1. Wheat you can be sure of is that if she’s going to take on the Wisconsin Bakers Association, she must be a gluten for punishment.

            1. Maybe she has a rye sense of humor.

              1. There is a grain of truth to that.

                1. These bureaucrats have a bad case of ergotism. (And if read about it, you’ll find there is nothing “ergo” about ergotism.)

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    2. How much dough is she suing them for?

    3. If someone asks for my license to bake, I’ll them that’s a knead-to-know question. You have to get close enough to knead me to know. Then if they try, I’ll hit ’em in the breadbasket.

      Trump’s the one who said just grab ’em in the biscuits.

  6. In my state we’ve got a snack tax. The tax applies to Snickers but not to Twix because the latter contains flour.

    1. Let me guess.

      One day, you were innocently riding your bike, when the regulation cops tried tp bust you for eating a Snickers, until you showed them it was a Twix.

      1. They’re all Twix! It was a setup!

        1. “Well, well, well… looky what we have here. This looks an awful lot like a right Twix. You know what they say about people who use right Twix don’t you? That’s not you though, right? You aren’t an insurrectionist. Are you?”

          1. Evidently I am. I have been told so by many on the web. It must be true.

      2. Not Skittles and Sweet Tea?

    2. One day, try to figure out why SNAP covers some junk food but not others.

      Similar racket.

  7. Ellie Boehm, 15

    Is she kin to Eric? Does he back her up on fighting The Jackbooted Scone Thugs?

  8. Oh, I’m so confused! First the powers-that-be demand that I fork over my dough every April 15th, then they demand that I “Bake That Cake,” now they say: “Don’t bake those cookies!”

    What other “pie-in-the -sky” coercive utopian schemes are they cooking up?

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