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  • December 7, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    New Jersey Baked Goods Ban

    New Jersey Bakers Challenge State Ban on Selling Home-Baked Goods

    New Jersey is the only state in the U.S. to completely ban bakers from selling cookies, cakes and muffins that were made in a home kitchen—foods even the government deems to be “not potentially hazardous.” New Jersey allows home bakers to legally sell their baked goods for charity and nonprofit bake sales. But the second…

  • December 5, 2017    |   Economic Liberty Private Property

    Nashville Home-Based Business

    Home-based businesses offer people an accessible path to entrepreneurship, but many are illegal in Music City

    Who would have thought it would be illegal to make music in Nashville? Unfortunately, the city’s ban on home-based businesses means local musicians, hairstylists and other aspiring entrepreneurs face steep fines and potential imprisonment if any customers physically come to their homes to do business. Nashville residents Lij Shaw and Pat Raynor have both lived…

  • December 1, 2017    |   Private Property

    Wyoming Forfeiture

    Wyoming law enforcement pressures drivers to sign a form “giving” their cash to law enforcement agencies and waiving any right to court proceedings.

    The Institute for Justice successfully represented Phil Parhamovich, a musician from Madison, Wisconsin who had his life savings of $91,800 seized by Wyoming law enforcement during a traffic stop on I-80 near Cheyenne. Phil was never accused of—or charged with—a crime, but Wyoming refused to return his money until he challenged the forfeiture in court.…

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