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School Meals Bill Stalls despite Man's 28-Day Hunger Strike

School Meals Bill Stalls despite Man's 28-Day Hunger Strike

As a resident of Anchorage reached 28 days of a hunger strike in the school lunch legislation stalled, co-chairman of the Committee, where he is hiding, until the law said he has changed course and has no plans for a hearing on the measure.

State Rep. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, said on recently that he wants instead of generating a new $ 3 million school feeding program in Alaska, grown or caught foods.

His idea of the test program, which is to be inserted in the capital budget at this meeting would, school districts credits to use the funds to seafood from Alaska and the creation of a new market, buy local food and says, provide a better nutrition for school children.

As co-chairman of the House Committee on Finance, Stoltze is in a position to carry out his plan. He said he has worked there for over a year. You can not kill the legislation may, and never has a Senate-backed measure that would for the first time, money in the federal school breakfast and lunch programs have. Stoltze, says to add only that a government program involved many eligible families not in any way.

Senate Bill 3 approved on 28 February 2011, the Senate absent with 17 votes in favor and three members, almost a unanimous vote. That makes sense, and that supporter’s say is a vote for the states children.

However, the bill was in committee Stoltze was a whole year without a hearing.

It would require the state to pay 15 cents for the cost of each free or reduced price lunch and 35 cents to pay for the breakfast, at a cost to the state about $ 2 million per year less than what propose Stoltze.