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Kids in the News, March 30, 2011

Christina 03/30/11


“Kids in the News” is a new take on the Children’s Alliance’s weekly Media Digest. This No Kidding! blog feature is the same reliable, kid-focused news with a title that more accurately reflects the content.

In this week’s edition, Children’s Alliance’s $80 million “Prescription for Protection” of Apple Health for Kids is highlighted in an evening newscast. A Children’s Alliance member and her daughter have been deemed “ParentMap Superheroes” for their efforts in standing strong for kids, and more lawmakers are showing support for reevaluating unnecessary corporate tax breaks.

Seguro de salud para niños peligra /Children's coverage in danger | La Raza del Noroeste | 03-25-2011
Children’s Alliance, an organization that advocates for the rights of children, held a press conference on Monday to ask legislators to use $80 million that they will receive from the federal government, according to the organization, during the next two years, to keep coverage for all the children in the program. Jon Gould, Children’s Alliance Deputy director, said that 30,000 children currently in the program could be affected. “Apple Health covers 1 in 3 kids in King County,” he said. (Translated from Spanish)
Kids’ Health Program Boosts State Budget | King 5 News | 03-21-2011
Health care advocates want to make a message to Olympia: $80 million in federal funds over the next two years if new projections are right. Today patients were among those that signed a prescription order. The hope is that it will be filled as soon as possible. “We want to make sure they reinvest this money into children’s health,” says Jon Gould, Children’s Alliance Deputy Director.
Group: Keep children's health, earn fed | Associated Press in Kitsap Sun | 03-23-2011
An advocacy group says the state could earn about $80 million in federal grants if lawmakers keep current enrollment levels in a state health care program for children. The Children's Alliance says that the program — Apple Health for Kids — qualifies the state for federal grants and earned $25 million last year. The $80 million figure is an estimate of how much the state would get during the next two years.
Apple Health for Kids Stands to Bring in $80 Million to State Over 2 years | Seattle’s Child | 03-21-2011
Over the next two years, the program stands to earn $80 million, according to a new analysis by Children’s Alliance staff. If enrollment is higher than predicted, the state could earn as much as $94 million. Given the news last week that the poor economy has widened the next two-year budget gap in the state, Gould called the federal support of Apple Health for Kids “a bright spot for the state. We are being rewarded for doing the right thing: the more kids who can see a doctor, the better our budget situation.”
Apple Health could bring in $80 million in federal funds, report predicts | The Olympian | 03-22-2011
“Our message is that there’s more than enough money to keep funding Apple Health for every eligible child,” said Jon Gould, Deputy Director for the Children’s alliance. “Money that’s earned from our success in children’s health should be reinvested back into children’s health.”
2011 Superheroes for Washington families: Sebrena and Rena Mateja Burr | ParentMap Magazine | March 2011
They’re a powerful mother-daughter duo, a force to be reckoned with when it comes to helping low-income and homeless children in Washington. Sebrena often takes her case to state legislators, working for change at the policy level. Her 7-year-old daughter, Rena Mateja, is best known for her grassroots work collecting pennies to assist homeless youth through Wellspring Family Services.
The early childhood sector is worth nearly three percent of GDP, but it's not enough | Seattle Post Globe and Birth to Thrive (blog of Thrive by Five Washington) | 03-28-2011
New research arrived this week that shows the early childhood sector is a powerful economic engine, responsible for 2.9 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. The sector’s share of U.S. GDP is bigger than both agriculture and utilities.
Budget proposals slow coming in Olympia | Associated Press in The Seattle Times | 03-29-2011
Before they roll out the budget, the majority Democrats in the House and Senate need to have enough votes in their caucuses to assure passage. The additional drop in revenue forecast puts more programs on the line, increasing the debate among them. Democratic Rep. Jeannie Darneille of Tacoma, vice-chair of the House budget committee, says the current situation is what "meltdowns" are made of.
Guest Column: First anniversary of national health care reform is a time of hope and concern | The Olympian | 03-28-2011
"Health Reform in Action!" That is the headline on the White House website for health care reform. It pronounces that health reform makes health care more affordable, holds insurers accountable, expands coverage to all Americans, and makes our health care system sustainable. If only our state Legislature was on the same page as we mark the first anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act being signed into law.
State Indian Child Welfare Act gets a thumbs up from House committee | The Capitol Record | 03-24-2011
A bill that would create a Washington State Indian Child Welfare Act – modeled with the Federal version in mind – was given a do pass recommendation by the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee this morning. After discussing the bill, the committee voted 8-1 to move the measure along.
Guest Column: Embattled state budget needs a balanced approach | The Olympian | 03-26-2011
[A balanced approach] will require putting aside normal political orthodoxy and normal concern about the next election cycle...If we continue our drift to an all cuts budget, we will ask the children, the old, the sick and the poor to bear the burden of a national financial meltdown in which they played no part. To govern is to choose, but to govern wisely is to choose in a just manner.
Op-Ed: Rep. Reykdal: More than 500 tax breaks costs state treasury at least $6.5 billion a year | 03-24-2011
As a state, we give out more than 500 “tax breaks” that cost us over $6.5 billion each year, with more added every year. Most of them were borne out of a belief that they would save jobs or lower costs for consumers. There is little evidence that tax breaks accomplish their stated purpose. To date, only 17 percent of our state’s tax exemptions have ever even been reviewed. We have no idea if these tax breaks to narrow interests outweigh the impact of lost revenue to our schools and the most needy.
Op-ed by Rep. Carlyle: State Budget: Touching the Untouchables | Ballard News Tribune | 03-21-2011
Should special-interest tax exemptions that can’t prove their return on investment be closed? Yes.
Op-ed: Fix Washington state's budget deficit by closing tax loopholes | The Seattle Times | 03-21-2011
Our state is ailing: One in six Washingtonians is unemployed or underemployed; a million Washingtonians lack access to health care; a third of all Puget Sound mortgage-holders are underwater; and 300,000 kids are at risk of going hungry. Unfortunately, many state leaders want to treat the budget problem with cuts that will only exacerbate human suffering. Instead, they should be looking at healthier options, including closing tax loopholes.
Sen. Rockefeller: MY TURN: Leveling the tax preference playing field | Kitsap Sun | 03-20-2011
Many breaks on the books subsidize a privileged few at the expense of ordinary citizens. The notion of tax fairness, that everyone pays his or her fair share for core services that benefit everyone, has been trampled under the feet of special interest lobbyists. These tax breaks are conveniently embedded in obscure tax law and routinely ignored, yet they divert billions of dollars into wealthy pockets. As a result, essential public services like education and health care are starved for funding.