Smart Start Nutrition Program Funding Rejected By JBC Republicans

01/20/2011 12:45 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Tim Hoover The Denver Post

There have been a few party-line votes on the legislature's now evenly split Joint Budget Committee, but one 3-3 decision on Tuesday reverberated through the blogosphere with talk of hungry kids and hard-hearted lawmakers.

The issue at hand was a supplemental funding request for the Start Smart Nutrition Program, which subsidizes the cost of breakfast at school for poor children. The Colorado Department of Education, which administers the program, said the number of school districts using the program and the number of kids who qualify for it has grown.

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