State budget cuts put extra burden on nonprofits | The Seattle Times | 04-19-2011
- Coupled with a lagging economy, cuts to government-funded social-service programs mean charitable groups expect to see a new wave of people with even greater needs. "The need is increasing at a faster rate than the food we can put out," said Shelley Rotondo, executive director of Northwest Harvest, the Seattle-based hunger-relief group that operates the Cherry Street Food Bank. "We can't do it alone."
- Gregoire: Special session to begin Tuesday | Seattle P-I | 04-22-2011
- Gov. Chris Gregoire said Friday she'll call lawmakers back into special session on Tuesday to try to finish what they couldn't in their regularly allotted time - balancing a Washington budget that is more than $5 billion in deficit….The regular 2011 Legislature, which began Jan. 10, was scheduled to adjourn later Friday.A special session could last up to 30 days.
- Kristine Lytton’s Legislative Update | Anacortes Now | 04-20-2011
- Along with my fellow freshmen Democrats, I am proud to be a cosponsor on House Bill 2078 which proposes funding K-3 class size reductions by closing several tax exemptions, including one for Wall Street banks. This legislation is an indication of our commitment to choosing our state’s children over out-of-state interests. I hope you will track the progress of HB 2078 online and continue to contact your legislators to show your support for this type of legislation.
- Wash. Bills ending tax breaks to get 1st hearing | Seattle P-I | 04-21-2011
- A House committee has heard public testimony on several bills to end tax exemptions and funnel the resulting revenues to social services facing significant budget cuts. The Ways and Means Committee heard a couple of hours of testimony on three bills Thursday that would repeal a sales tax break for nonresidents and cap a business and occupation tax exemption for corporate banks to help fund in-home care and mental health services and K-3 education reforms.
- Opponents of Reform Lean on Illogical Justification for Tax Breaks | Schmudget blog (Washington State Budget & Policy Center) | 04-20-2011
- A commonly held perspective – that special tax breaks should be treated like any other form of state spending during our biennial budget process -- has recently come under an interesting line of attack by some policymakers. While their claims make for good sound bites, they simply don’t stand up to basic scrutiny.
- HHS engages communities to address racial and ethnic health disparities | “Say Ahhh!” children’s health policy blog | 04-21-2011
- Racial and ethnic health minorities are not only less likely to get the preventive care they need, but they are more likely to suffer from health care conditions such as diabetes and asthma that can be better managed with quality care, which they are also less likely to receive than their White counterparts- all of which contributes to higher cost and less effective care. Fortunately, as the HHS Action Plan points out, the ACA and CHIPRA included funding and new policy tools to help begin to address these disparities.
- On-campus child care becomes scarcer in recent years | Seattle Post-Globe | 04-21-2011
- A college degree is one of the best tools to escape poverty, but the supply of child care at U.S. colleges and universities fell during recent years, even though it was already too scarce, a recent report suggests.
In this week’s edition, food banks say they can’t fill the gap as hunger increases and deep cuts are proposed for State Food Assistance, and Gov. Gregoire calls for a special session starting Tuesday so lawmakers can agree on ways to balance Washington’s books. In other news, Rep. Kristine Lytton supports closing tax exemptions to invest in kids’ education, and several tax exemption bills see daylight at an April 21 public hearing.