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Kids in the News, April 28, 2011

Christina 04/28/11


In this week’s edition, Children’s Alliance’s opposition to Senate Bill 5929 is discussed in detail, Washington’s 2010 Smile Survey notes that not all kids are getting oral health care, and Spokane’s families are at risk due to eligibility changes in Working Connections Child Care. Also, the Washington State Budget & Policy Center thinks the legislature should focus on revenue during Special Session, and in national news, analysts predict that current food stamp cuts proposed in the House budget will eliminate food stamps altogether in 30 states within the next decade.


Child advocates fight cuts to state’s health insurance program for low-income kids | Seattle’s Child Magazine | 04-18-2011
The fight to save Apple Health for Kids – Washington’s fulfillment of its promise to provide health coverage to all children in the state – is back in the legislative boxing ring in Olympia…The majority of those kids who are denied access come from immigrant families. According to the Children’s Alliance, the state’s leading child advocacy group, cutting kids off from the program is tantamount to “closing the door to check-ups, screenings and immunizations that prevent kids from developing lifelong health problems.”
Day care feels pinch of state’s cuts | The Spokesman-Review | 04-21-2011
“Just in the last three months we have lost about 20 percent of our children, compared to this time last year, because of cuts in state child care subsidies,” said (Karen) Holmes. “The notifications arrive from the state every day that such-and-such family will no longer receive a child care subsidy.”… In an effort to balance its budget, the state of Washington recently changed the income requirements for parents seeking WCCC subsidies from 200 percent to 175 percent of the federal poverty level, which for a family of four is an annual income of $22,350.
Local View: Protecting kids’ smiles should be a priority | The Columbian | 04-24-2011
Despite improvements over the last five years, dental disease remains a significant problem in our state. The Smile Survey showed that 40 percent of kindergarten children had preventable decay. Dental decay among minorities and low-income children was higher than the statewide average. Clearly there is more work to be done.
Op-Ed: Prevention is an investment that pays off | The Herald (Everett) | 04-23-2011
It is cost-effective to help children stay healthy rather than spending money to treat illnesses that could have been prevented. The Smile Survey also revealed areas of concern. Low-income and minority children still have much higher rates of decay than the statewide average. Too many children in kindergarten have tooth decay (nearly 40 percent), affecting their readiness and ability to learn.
Ending the food stamp as we know it | National Public Radio | 04-25-2011
Today, spending on SNAP automatically rises during economic downturns, as more people lose jobs or see incomes fall. Not only does that automatic expansion help alleviate hardship, it also boosts the economy…If, instead, the government implemented the cut entirely by reducing eligibility for the program, SNAP would serve 8 million fewer people over the next 10 years. That's an awful lot of people. In fact, the Center reports, it's roughly equal to cutting off SNAP assistance for the 30 smallest states in the country over that time span.
Special session should focus on revenue and reform | Schmudget blog (Washington State Budget & Policy Center) | 04-26-2011
There are a number of things the Legislature should do in the Special Session to help meet our short-term fiscal goals and ensure the long-term prosperity of our state: Take a balanced approach to solve our current budget crisis…Make long-term reforms that would make our state budget process stronger….Whether the special session is two weeks or 30 days, lawmakers are not just solving a short-term problem. The decisions they make now will impact our state for years, perhaps even decades to come.
Paul Nyhan: Why principals should support quality pre-kindergarten |Birth to Thrive (Thrive to Five Washington blog) via Seattle Post-Globe |04-22-2011
The location matters because if this nation is going to build better pre-k, and a more integrated system of early education, principals not only have to buy into the idea, they have to lead, experts suggest.
House bills would close tax breaks to fund education, mental health, and in-home care | Schmudget blog (Washington State Budget & Policy Center) | 04-21-2011
Three bills were recently introduced in the House that would close targeted tax breaks that primarily benefit out-of-state entities while funding vital programs that serve some of the most vulnerable in our state.All three bills seek to repeal the sales tax exemption for out-of-state residents…. Our recent policy brief, “Every Dollar Counts: Why It’s Time for Tax Expenditure Reform,” provides more analysis on how we can reform our tax break system.
Wash. Gov. Calls Special Session for the Budget | Northwest Public Radio | 04-22-2011
Gregoire says the understanding among both Democrats and Republicans is to keep the agenda to the budget and a few hot policy issues like reforming the state’s injured workers system. Gov. Gregoire: “This is not round two. This is not another legislative session. This is a special session to get the job done that we’ve already started.” However, Speaker of the House Frank Chopp did not rule out a vote on proposals to end special tax breaks. House Republicans call the special session bad for Washington taxpayers.