Director of Americans for Prosperity-Illinois speaks out against overreaching laws affecting home bakers

Home bakers may find government regulations to be too much in New Jersey.

The American Dream centers around the entrepreneurial mindset that leads thousands of Americans to run businesses out of their homes. But home bakers in New Jersey and several other states who want to sell their goods may find it more difficult to meet government requirements.

So-called "cottage food laws" refer to legislation that has been passed by multiple states that details strict rules and requirements for home bakeries. Among these requirements are rules stating that individuals must use industrial kitchens to perform their work, many times which often cost more than $15,000.

The conservative activist group Americans for Prosperity has long opposed these laws.

"It speaks to the issue more broadly of occupational licensure and what is the proper role of government," Andrew Nelms, director of Americans for Prosperity in Illinois, told Illinois Business Daily.

Nelms pointed out that there was a clear disparity in priorities when the government begins to require more training for home bakers than it does for EMTs.

"As an organization, we're always interested in helping people realize the ability to follow their passions with limited government interference," Nelms said

According to Nelms, the larger concern remains: Should the government be allowed to regulate the individual's actions based solely on occupational licensure?

"We certainly, at the state level, have been advocating for occupational licensure reform," Nelms said.

Though this issue currently only affects a handful of states, the ban still brings into question whether or not individuals should be prohibited from freely pursuing their passions as businesses or whether the government should loosen its grip.

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