6/22/17 – Shaking My Head

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We’ve come across some stories that have us shaking our head.

Here’s what’s happening behind the headlines.

Hooray for freedom.  A state judge struck down a Wisconsin law that banned the sale of home-baked goods. Bake sales are a staple of community and school fundraisers The now defunct law required citizens to spend thousands of dollars to build a commercial kitchen and get licensed in order to sell even one ginger-snap cookie.  New Jersey is the only state that still requires home bakers to be licensed.

While the IRS is determining if taxpayers did their 2016 tax return calculations correctly you should know this.  An IG audit found the tax agency overpaid more than 600 employees to the tune of $4.2 million.

One German city has solved the problem of where to house the flood of refugees.  Hamburg city officials have begun confiscating vacant private homes to provide a place for refugees to live.  This is the continuation of a policy that began two years.  In 2015, city officials began seizing commercial property for refugee living quarters.

In 2009, Joseph Hagerman was charged with murder for decapitating his 5-year old son. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity.  Institutional authorities have said he’s much better now.  So a judge has granted his release.

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