Half-baked Chamber of Commerce switches course on brownie order because of F-35 disagreement

Isthmus, Feb 6, 2020, Dylan Brogan

Just Bakery is a vocational program run by the Madison-area Urban Ministry. For years, the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce has championed the basing of F-35 jets at Truax Field. Recently, the business group extended its support for the new fighter planes even to the dessert it will serve at its annual conference with 800 of the city’s most influential residents.

In January, Just Bakery — a nonprofit vocational program of Madison-area Urban Ministry — announced on its Facebook page that the business group had abruptly ended discussions with the bakery about it providing $4,000 worth of brownies for the chamber’s Icebreaker 2020 event on April 17. Just Bakery offers a 12-week training program and other services to people looking for employment after being incarcerated.

[Ald. Rebecca] Kemble says the decision to back out of the dessert deal reveals the chamber’s “priority for out-of-state weapons manufacturers over community and local job creation.” 

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