The politics of breakfast

Republicans in the Colorado Senate have apparently learned that, along with motherhood and apple pie, you don’t mess with breakfast. That’s especially true when the money to be saved by cutting funds for a school breakfast program was minimal in comparison to the overall budget.

Republicans on the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee earlier cut funding for the program that makes breakfast free for low-income children.

On Wednesday, Sen. Keith King, a Republican from Colorado Springs, led the effort to restore $124,229 to fund the program through June. His amendment was unanimously approved in committee, and appears to have solid support in the full Senate.

That’s not surprising, because Republicans who supported eliminating the funds have been roundly criticized across the state.

“It made them look chintzy,” one observer told The Denver Post.


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