If I were the Governor of Wisconsin

I would be sure to veto Motion 414 included in the budget prior to signing. I’m not alone. State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) agrees. He wrote a letter to the Governor:

There are over 60 craft brewers in Wisconsin. These small and growing businesses help define the very culture of this state. They will be greatly harmed by the new policy–a policy that should have been left out of the budget in the first place.

We have no business punishing these small entrepreneurs. They hire Wisconsin workers, buy their natural products here, and provide millions of dollars in tourism revenue every year.

As the number of big distributors shrinks, we have to ensure that these small business people are allowed to wholesale each others’ products and grow. In addition, this budget provision will negatively affect new contract brewers by forcing them to change their business models and hurting their chances of survival. Paralyzing legitimate small businesses this way should not be the policy of a state we all want to be “Open for Business.”

My point exactly. A Governor looking to jump-start jobs in this state does not step in to create winners and losers among the state’s businesses. While I’m not convinced the consequences of the legislation are as dire as the small brewers proclaim, I am certain the legislation is written at the command of a few large businesses hoping to button down competition. Competition is not to be feared in a vibrant economy. A vibrant economy can not exist without competition. At a minimum, this kind of change should not be slid into the budget, but given time for a hearing if it needs to be passed later.

Dad29 caught a little banking language you might want to look at as well, Governor Walker. Since Dad29 is a true FanBoy, you should take his complaint seriously.

Oh, and finally, cool that bit about signing with a dozen different pens. You look silly. No one really needs a pen to commemorate the signing of any bill. Trust me, as the girl cleaning out years of accumulated stuff, it’s just going to land in a drawer somewhere as an unremarkable thing that gets trashed.

Put your priorities in laser focus and your tenure will be successful.


  1. If this is a competitive issue., then what is being done elsewhere that Miller-Coors wants this?

    The simple marriage of business and labor is not enough to give special priviledge.

  2. The word is they are trying to keep Busch out.

  3. Why any of this should be a surprise amazes me. It’s just the same old song with a different vocalist. It’s pay back time…or should I say Miller Time!

  4. Cindy. you nailed it.

  5. In other words, Busch has deeper pockets then Miller to pay for facings in the stores. This may also help the smaller breweries.

  6. 🙂

  7. Okay, here it is. The problem with distribution is not enough retail placement. In a nut shell, if small breweries instate production is half the large breweries, they should get half the space.

    The only way everyone can win is if there is a comparable placement policy at retail that provides in State breweries and out of State breweries comparable product placement. In other words, if the small breweries together produce half what the larger breweries do, they get half the space at retail. The out of State breweries would then qualify for the same amount of space as the smaller breweries.

    To be fair to retailers, they do not have to place everyone but can decide who they want in that space and do not have to provide space to out of State breweries if they do not want to.

    Clear as mud? Let me know.