This would appear to be simply another instance of Arizona Conservatives (the House is overwhelmingly Republican) telling the hated federal government to stay out of Arizona's business. But on closer examination, it could also be about "business" itself. The trend toward commercial interestssoft-drink, fast food, athletic shoe and clothing companiesseeking access to the captive market public school children is well documented. (See the annual report by Molnar, Boninger & Fogarty.) Running federally subsidized or provided lunches out of the schools would expand the market for these companies.
Lobbyists feed legislators; Pepsi and Pizza Hut feed children; and everyone gets fat.
Gene V Glass
University of Colorado Boulder
Arizona State University