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Media Digest 12-22-2010

Christina 12/22/10

In this edition, Jerry Large of The Seattle Times calls upon local communities to act for the common good in the worst of times, the Children’s Alliance and Northwest Harvest break down what the proposed State Food Assistance elimination will look like for more than 30,000 families, the Washington Policy & Budget Center releases supplemental budget news and Rep. Larry Seaquist proposes closing tax exemptions to recompense some of the critical education funds proposed for elimination. In other news, a policy analyst published in The Huffington Post sees the tender first five years of life as the major influence on future outcomes, Paola Maranan, the Children’s Alliance Executive Director, talks of the revenue side of the budget equation in a Seattle Voices  interview, and Children’s Alliance Deputy Director Jon Gould is featured in the New York Times reflecting on the loss of the soda tax.

We're losing that sense of being in it together | The Seattle Times | 12-19-2010
A dozen years ago, when South Korea was in the midst of an economic crisis, citizens lined up to hand over their jewelry to help the country out of its fix. Can you imagine that happening here? It would be unusual anywhere, but we seem to have migrated far to the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to a sense of being in it together.
Follow Up: Statement from Children's Alliance on SFA cut | Washington Food Coalition News | 12-21-2010
The Governor has proposed eliminating funding for this program in her Supplemental and Biennial Budget proposals. Program elimination will affect a total of 31,000 people living in households that currently receive state food assistance benefits. One-half of these people are children. Loss of a critical part of family resources for food means a rise in food insecurity and childhood hunger.
State food assistance is critical to the fight against hunger | The Olympian | 12-22-2010
OBut without services such as state food assistance, more parents will be skipping meals so their kids can eat, and more kids will be going with less and less. The effects will be disastrous for these families, for our communities and for our state, and will linger well beyond our current recession.
State Rep. Larry Seaquist Proposes Closing Tax Exemptions to Fund Schools | Kitsap Sun | 12-16-2010
With education due to get whacked big-time in the upcoming legislative session, State Rep. Larry Seaquist wants to gradually heal some of those cuts by closing tax exemptions. Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor, plans to introduce such a bill, he told about 50 members of the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce on Thursday…Under Seaquist’s bill, a state panel called the Commission on Tax Exemptions would be asked to find and close enough tax exemptions to raise $2 billion per year. The Legislature would consult with educators to determine how that $2 billion per year through 2018 should be spent.
2011 Supplemental Budget: Governor proposes to expedite many reductions included in 2011-13 budget | Washington State Budget & Policy Center (Schmudget Blog) | 12-17-2010
On Wednesday we highlighted some of the most drastic cuts included in the Governor’s 2011-13 budget proposal. Today we learned that many of those reductions are scheduled to go into effect in the next six months.
Where the Achievement Gap is Born: A Letter to Cathie Black | Huffington Post | 12-20-2010
Researchers have long documented the positive outcomes of high-quality early childhood education, including readiness for school, greater academic achievement, higher rates of high school and college completion, lower rates of incarceration, and higher incomes. And labor economists point to the substantial economic benefits for investing in early childhood education. To successfully reform our nation's public school system, early childhood education must be an integral part of the equation. Too many of our country's youngest children, however, lack the optimal circumstances for growth and development.
Seattle Voices with Paola Maranan | Seattle Channel | 12-17-2010
Paola Maranan is the executive director of the Children's Alliance, an organization she has been involved with since 1993. Paola attended the Evergreen State College and Harvard University. She lives in south Seattle with her husband and daughter.
Save the Children Backs Away From Soda Tax Campaign | New York Times | 12-14-2010
Jon Gould, deputy director of the Children’s Alliance, an advocacy group in Seattle, said Save the Children’s decision to abandon the (soda tax) issue was “a significant loss, especially at a time when the American Beverage Association has just shown that their resources are unlimited.”
Governor questions morality of her own budget | KING 5 TV | 12-19-2010
Lawmakers will convene a new session after the first of the year and begin debating the Governor's budget proposal and her suggestion that they should not consider new taxes to try to eliminate some of her cuts.
Gregoire proposes additional short-term cuts | KUOW Radio | 12-20-2010
Rebecca Kavoussi is with the Community Health Network of Washington. She says when people lose health coverage, it ends up costing taxpayers more down the road. She tells the story of a 19-year-old young man. Rebecca Kavoussi: “Whose sinus infection spread to his brain because he couldn’t afford his antibiotics and ended up having a plate put in his brain and so he can work at a very low level, 19 years old. Or they end up dying, literally dying earlier.
State Cuts Forcing Kitsap Schools to Start Shaving Millions From Budgets | Kitsap Sun |12-17-2010
“Don’t forget the child’s face when you talk about the dollars,” Central Kitsap (Superintendent Greg) Lynch warned. “We get caught up in decimal points and dollar signs, and we’re talking about a child’s education.”
5 Myths about school food | The Washington Post | 12-19-2010
The 2008 Household Food Security survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that more than a fifth of households with the most severe form of food insecurity - in which children themselves sometimes went without meals - had incomes above the cutoff for reduced price school meals.
Hungry at the Holidays | Eatocracy Blog – CNN | 12-21-2010
CNN Money reports that 14 percent of the nation's population - or 1 out of 7 people - is now living on food stamps… Hunger, to put it plainly, hurts. A fact sheet published by national non-profit hunger relief organization Share Our Strength outlines the physical and academic perils into which food insecurity places children - including more frequent illness and hospitalization, slower recovery times and impaired learning ability. It takes an emotional toll as well, with increased behavioral problems, levels of aggression and anxiety, more frequent suspensions and difficulties getting along with other children.
1 in 7 Americans relies on food stamps | CNN Money | 12-19-2010
The use of food stamps has increased dramatically in the U.S., as the federal government ramps up basic assistance to meet the demands of an increasingly desperate population…That's about 43 million people, or about one out of every seven Americans.