Who designates an official state cheese? I’m Amy E. Feldman.
A bipartisan bill is currently in the Wisconsin State Assembly to designate Colby as the official state cheese. While it is somewhat ironic that of all states, Wisconsin doesn’t yet have an official state cheese, it’s even odder what states have designated as official symbols: from states’ official insects, to the 21 states that have official tartans, to all other designations of official something-or-other that take actual lawmakers’ time because, like any other law, an official designation has to work its way all the way through the statehouse. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts symbol bills often are initiated at the behest of schoolchildren, who use them to learn hands-on about the legislative process, which is cute, but maybe a lawmaker should spend more time debating education standards and tell a constituent that state cheeses are nacho problem.