State GOP, Dems to battle over school breakfasts

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Colorado Republicans and Democrats are gearing up for a battle after lawmakers facing a gaping budget shortfall decided to end free breakfasts for needy children.

The Joint Budget Committee last week decided against spending an additional $124,229 to subsidize the Start Smart Nutrition Program at the end of this school year.

The decision isn’t final.

Both caucuses called news conferences on Monday to discuss their plans.

Under the budget committee’s vote, breakfast will still be served. However, low-income students will be charged 30 cents a meal after March, when current funding runs out.