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Lemonade stands finally legal in Wisconsin

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Sometimes when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. That is what is happening in Wisconsin, as our lawmakers work to pass a law to allow kids to set up lemonade stands without worrying about a visit from Big Brother. The Assembly has passed a bill that would legalize lemonade stands in Wisconsin. Under current law that is not the case. Like most government regulations, there is too much red tape. In order to be legal in their efforts to sell delicious glasses of lemonade, kids must first get a local permit or a state license. This isn’t usually an issue. Few kids get all that paperwork, and most in government are content to look the other way. But in Apppleton, some young girls running a lemonade stand were raided and shut down by police for not having the proper permits. What does that teach the kids? That government is bad, or at the least dumb. It doesn’t exactly instill confidence in our democracy among young people when they are busted for selling lemonade in an effort to fill their piggy bank. Why don’t we make these young entrepreneurs form an LLC and get a federal tax ID number too? It is good our lawmakers have shown some common sense, and chosen to make lemonade out of lemons.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Kathy

    June 30, 2018 at 3:16 am

    How petty. Really, its illegal to have a lemonade stand? So if my niece sets up a stand in little chute are the police coming? How bout free lemonade or koolaid

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