In One Eye

Saturday, May 28, 2005
As I discussed in a post recently, Connecticut's solons are all set to ban soda and candy from all public schools in the state. To be sure, this is pretty paternalistic of a group that's obviously had its share of sweets (Has anybody counted the number of chins Billy Ciotto is sporting these days?), but the real problem with the all-but-passed bill is that it's really going to hurt schools' student activities acounts. Viz.,
Banning junk food in the state's public schools might get students to eat healthier snacks, but one city that has tried it found that it also cuts into profits.

In New Haven, vending machine revenue declined sharply this year after all its public schools imposed a ban on machine sales of candy and soda - similar to a ban now being recommended for all of Connecticut's public schools in legislation passed by the state Senate this week.

"That was the hard part because the money was going directly to the schools," said Robin Golden, chief operating officer for the city's public schools. "It's been a struggle."

"Students have adjusted really quite well," Golden said, but the new policy has substantially reduced vending machine profits.
What foolishness. The students have adjusted by not purchasing the carrot sticks that are now found in vending machines.
"Our largest schools were making about $25,000 a year," she said. "Now they're making about $9,000."
In these days of budget cuts and budget defeats caused by the oligarchic economic policies of the feds, schools simply can't afford to suffer 67% reductions in income of this type.