In this week’s edition, members of a faith community in Vancouver speak up for kids and Washington values during Have a Heart for Kids Day. Also, a local mom and advocate illuminates the disproportionate burden of the recession on communities of color this legislative session, and economist Paul Krugman discusses why it’s important to walk the talk when investing in children.
Hazel Dell Church Lobbies for Children | The Columbian | 02-27-2011
- The First Congregational United Church of Christ teamed up with the Children’s Alliance, a statewide advocacy group, to participate in a rally Feb. 22 in Olympia. Thirty-seven local residents took a chartered bus to a rally on the steps of the Capitol, and then broke into groups to lobby state Rep. Craig Pridemore, D-Vancouver, and Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama. “In a time when budget cuts are the order of the day, we want to be a voice that says budgets are about more than numbers. They are about values,” said Brooks Berndt, pastor at the church, which is located on Northeast 68th Street in Hazel Dell.
- Commentary: There’s a choice, health care cuts not inevitable | Northwest Asian Weekly | 02-24-2011
- Each of these cuts affects everyone in our state because they eat away at the public structures that help our state thrive and compete in a global economy. However, the cuts that are being proposed mean communities of color, in particular, will have more to lose and will bear a disproportionate share of the burden in this recession. This means communities of color will be deprived of a decent quality of life.
- Op-Ed: Close loopholes so we can buy back Basic Health | Tacoma News Tribune | 03-01-2011
- People should be able to see a doctor if they get sick. It sounds simple. But for more and more families in Washington, it’s getting harder to see a doctor because it’s getting harder to afford health care coverage.….We can either continue giving away tax dollars to Wall Street banks, private-jet owners and air-polluting coal plants, or we can use that money to help provide health care coverage for Washingtonians.
- Sweeping bill would end virtually all tax breaks | Tacoma News Tribune (Political Buzz blog) | 02-24-2011
- Supporters know that, and say their goal is to add transparency to the tax code by bringing these breaks into the light of public scrutiny. The bill would require exemptions to be treated like spending as part of the state's budget-writing process. Every two years tax rates would have to be re-examined. "It’s not about raising taxes or lowering taxes," Carlyle said in a statement, "it's about the courage to be philosophically consistent in how we tackle tough budget challenges."
- U.S. Lags in Maternity Leave Laws | Bloomberg News | 02-27-2011
- The United States is one of three nations of 181 studied by Harvard and McGill universities that don’t guarantee working mothers leave with compensation, and researchers say it pays the price in lost productivity and health risks for children. The two other countries are Papua New Guinea and Swaziland.
- Op-Ed Column: Leaving Children Behind | New York Times | 02-27-2011
- Today, advocates of big spending cuts often claim that their greatest concern is the burden of debt our children will face. In practice, however, when advocates of lower spending get a chance to put their ideas into practice, the burden always seems to fall disproportionately on those very children they claim to hold so dear.
- Governors: Medicaid More a Budget Buster than Ever? | National Public Radio | 02-28-2011
- … enrollment in Medicaid in recent years has outstripped its better-known sibling, Medicare. Medicaid's low-income beneficiaries are mostly pregnant women, children, seniors, and those with disabilities…this particular economic downturn is lasting much longer than many economists predicted. That means not only less revenue coming in for states, but more people qualifying for Medicaid, because they have lost their jobs and their health insurance. Congress had been giving the states extra money for Medicaid. But it's about to end — as of July 1.
- Guest Column: State and Local Budget Cuts Slow Economy | The Huffington Post | 02-24-2011
- Lawmakers at state capitols and city halls are slashing jobs and programs, arguing that some pain now is better than a lot more later. But the cuts are coming at a price – weaker growth at the national level.