What are the similarities between the Mafia and the Naperville city council? Answer: they both want a piece of the action, and they can make your life miserable if you don’t comply.
It was recently announced that the City of Naperville estimates it will receive about $1,700,000 in sales tax from the sale of marijuana. That’s pretty good for doing nothing other than green-lighting dispensaries in Naperville.
You might think that city officials would be ecstatic about the windfall, and would be willing to take their heavy knees off the necks of little guys with entrepreneurial spirit trying to make ends meet with start-up businesses; specifically food trucks, but that’s not the case.
If an owner of a business with room for parking wants to allow a little guy to park his/her food truck on their lot, to sell a hot dog, or taco, or bag of peanuts, is that a crime? Apparently it is, unless city officials get a piece of the action in the form of taxes, certifications, permits, regulations, government over-reach, etc.
Watch and listen to councilman Patrick Kelly questioning the concept of looking for a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist:
Listen to councilman Ian Holzhauer as he questions the idea of adding more regulation in the current business environment:
The good news is there is a new law in Illinois helping the little guys. Senate Bill 119 prohibits authorities from regulating or shutting down lemonade stands or similar operations that are being run by children under the age of 16. Known as “Hayli’s Law,” it was inspired by 12-year old Hayli Martinez, whose lemonade stand in Kankakee was shut down by local officials.
If the Naperville city council wants to beat down food truck vendors with the heavy hammer of regulation, here are a couple of tips for food truck vendors; sell some lemonade, appoint a 12-year old as your CEO, and have an attorney ready to file a winning-lawsuit against the city, if the city tries to squeeze you out of business. That should solve the situation.