70% of Wisconsinites: “Stop LocalRegulations of What We Eat and Drink”
June 25, 2013 - Press ReleaseContacts: Brandon Scholz, Wisconsin Grocers Assoc., (608) 335-8500Pete Hanson, Wisconsin Restaurant Assoc., (608) 358-3533FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMadison – A new poll out today shows 70 percent of registered voters in Wisconsinsupport preventing local governments from banning large soft drinks or otherwiseregulating high-calorie foods. When respondents were given more informationabout the measure, support jumped to 75 percent.The measure is part of the state budget bill that awaits the signature of Gov. Scott Walker. The Governor has the line-item veto authority to remove individualprovisions from the budget bill before he signs it, and groups on both sides of theissue have been lobbying his office heavily for the past two weeks.“This budget provision will protect consumers’ right to choose what they eat, andprevent local governments from choosing for them,” said Pete Hanson, vicepresident of public affairs for the Wisconsin Restaurant Association. “It’s a prettybasic question. Should Americans have the freedom to eat apple pie and drink aCoca Cola? We think so.”Brandon Scholz, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Grocers Association, says that the additional regulatory burden on businesses would cost Wisconsin jobs.“Allowing local units of government to prohibit or mandate sales of food andbeverage products will cost grocers and other retailers money to comply with theirregulations,” Scholz said.