Regulation Nation: New federal rules for school food will cost millions, group says


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Regulation Nation: New federal rules for school food will cost millions, group says
By Shannon Bream
Published March 05, 2013

Newly proposed federal regulations aimed at the snack foods and drinks served in the nation’s schools could come with a hefty price tag.

The American Action Forum estimates the regulations, which include caps on serving sizes and calorie counts, will cost schools $127 million and require more than 926,000 hours of paperwork.

Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy at the institute, says the proposals amount to yet another unfunded federal mandate for state and local governments, “at a time when many of their budgets are still struggling.”

Looking at this from a scope greater than “just” this set of regulations and their impact, this is an example of why PSs have become so top-heavy with an adminicratic bureaucracy that may never get closer to a classroom than a school district office’s parking lot (maybe a little closer for adminicrats who accidentally happen to live near a PS campus). Every government program requires staff to administer the program and generate the mandated periodic paperwork to verify ongoing compliance with the requirements for participation in the program (and those requirements seldom get simpler or less burdensome). The fools in DC who create such programs and strong-arm schools into participation don’t see the administrative overhead thir programs impose. They don’t see that such overhead eats a huge portion of the $$ their programs provide, they only see the $$ “given” schools; “benefited” students might see $0.25 or $0.40 of every dollar … maybe. This program “gives” schools regulations without the money to fund the compliance overhead (carrot and stick … and stick … and ever bigger stick).


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It’s much like what happened in PA with the game commission. The Game School, where they train game wardens, etc., used to be 'way out in the boonies about 30 or so miles from where I now live. Some beaurocrat decided that it should be in Harrisburg, the state capital, and now it is being run by a bunch of city slickers who don’t have a clue what they’re dealing with. Oh, yes, and they had a very nice building out in our area, too. A girl’s school wanted to buy it. They refused to sell. Instead, in the middle of the night, they sent equipment out and bulldozed it.