It happens every summer in America. A kid opens a lemonade stand, as kids have for decades in America, and the government shuts them down for not having a business license.
Last summer, Country Time lemonade brand started the legal-ade legal defense fund for kids who needed help paying the fines associated with running a lemonade stand without the government’s permission. As I wrote at the time, that was all well and good, but that didn’t get to the real root of the problem.
The problem isn’t that kids need help paying the fines associated with operating a lemonade stand, the problem is that kids are being fined for operating a lemonade stand. The problem is overburdensome regulations. Country Time needs to take a stand for lemonade standers everywhere and ask the government to get out of the business of telling kids they can’t set up shop in the front yard.
Summer is here again, and Country Time is still trying to help little entrepreneurs. This time, they’re advertising in grocery stores.
Via a friend
— Shoshana Weissmann, Sloth Committee Chair 🦥 (@senatorshoshana) June 10, 2019
I’ll admit, it would make me choose their brand over another. It doesn’t solve the whole problem, but at least they’re doing something.
Governor Greg Abbott of Texas, however, is doing what actually needs to be done: letting kids run lemonade stands without the government getting involved.
It’s now legal for kids to sell lemonade at stands.
We had to pass a law because police shut down a kid’s lemonade stand.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 11, 2019
It’s ridiculous such a law was necessary, but constituents were excited Abbott took action and common sense prevailed.
If this is not the most wholesome thing I’ve seen all day I don’t know what could possibly top it, CHEERS 🥂
— Nick L. (@NickL89904467) June 11, 2019
BEST GOVERNOR EVER💥
— joni (@jonilindsey10) June 11, 2019
I predict many lemonade stands appearing awesome to see young "entrepreneurs"…I raise my glass to this governor and the kids in victory
— Kristi Curtis (@nowheat2003) June 11, 2019
Thank God somebody has common sense… wasn’t sure it still existed!
— Diamond Jewelers (@DiaJewelerGS) June 11, 2019
Thank you so much!! My 6 year old has been asking since his was 4 to do a lemonade stand and we’ve had to tell him no. I’m so excited to share this with him! We’re headed to the store to buy lemons first thing in the morning!!
— Lora Schafer (@loraschafer) June 11, 2019
Abbott also thanked the senator who sponsored the legislation.
Thank you for sponsoring this common sense legislation.
Your new grand-child will soon be selling lemonade because of your help. https://t.co/mYSgrTwFCv
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 13, 2019
Let’s all raise a glass to common sense.