UPDATE: Poor kids lose out on free breakfast

Posted by Kirk Woundy on Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 12:36 PM

The Denver Post is reporting that Colorado Springs Sen. Keith King brought funding back to the Start Smart Nutrition Program in a legislative move this morning. King is a Republican from Colorado Springs.

As the Post notes, GOP Sen. Kent Lambert, who originally voted against the funding, backed King's measure. For more, see the story here.

——- ORIGINAL POST, 12:41 P.M., JAN. 21 ——-

Colorado's enormous budget shortfall has apparently taken a victim that's sure to get attention: a state-funded free-school-breakfast program.

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According to the Denver Post:

The Colorado Department of Education requested an additional $124,229 for the Start Smart Nutrition Program, which subsidizes the cost of breakfast at school for poor children, for the current budget year ending in June.

However, the request failed on a 3-3 party-line vote.

Now, you just know that a story like this wouldn't be complete without a horrific quote from a Colorado Springs lawmaker. And Republican Sen. Kent Lambert doesn't disappoint:

"As a family guy myself with children and grandchildren, I take a very strong responsibility to earn money to feed my own family."

(Never mind that nearly 9 percent unemployment rate.)

Lambert — who made headlines just yesterday for introducing a bill that would allow cops to arrest anyone they believe to be an illegal immigrant — does note that perhaps churches could take care of families who can't afford the 30 cents a day that breakfast will cost starting sometime in March.

There's a chance that school districts could pick up that tab, too, but given their own budget troubles — mentioned in our cover story this week — that would seem somewhat unlikely.

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Like most of his Republican counterparts, Sen Lamborn is SO out of touch...Kharma catches up to his kind eventually.
In the meantime, I know where the tax dollars could come from:
LEGALIZE, TAX AND REGULATE CANNABIS FOR EVERYONE!
Exclusively designate those tax dollars for children's programs.
I bet if he were asked if this was a good idea, he would give some lame "what about the children argument?"
I say to him now WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?!?

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Posted by leapcop on 01/21/2011 at 1:20 PM

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest excuses in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
--John Kenneth Galbraith

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Posted by billd on 01/21/2011 at 5:33 PM

Wonderful.What say we,as an additional cost saving measure,HALVE the salaries of any elected official making over 100k?
"Of the people,by the people,FOR THE PEOPLE"

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Posted by mccscott on 01/23/2011 at 8:54 AM
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