By Bill Lueders
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
WisconsinWatch.org, May 28, 2013
Brandon Scholz calls it “a vast, right-wing conspiracy.” He’s being facetious; he says it with a laugh.
The president and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association, Scholz is talking about a state budget provision to prohibit local governments from restricting the sale of food or nonalcoholic beverages based on “calories, portion size, or other nutritional criteria.”
The provision, a response to New York City’s court-blocked ban on large, sugary drinks, passed the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee at the urging of state Rep. Pat Strachota, R-West Bend. It was promptly lauded by groups including the Grocers Association and Wisconsin Restaurant Association.