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Media Digest 12-8-2010

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In this edition, Cecily Jenkins, who uses Working Connections child care assistance to  balance the demands of family and work, shares how the program cuts affect all aspects of her life in a KIRO TV News report. In other news, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act awaits President Obama’s signature, and a First Focus report reveals challenges and opportunities for our state during the Great Recession.

State Budget Woes - Working Connections | Livestream Video - KIRO Seattle | 11-30-2010

Cecily Jenkins, a mother on Working Connections, shares how the state program cut could leave her begging for a pay cut in order to keep working and affording child care.

Child Nutrition Bill Clears Congress | New York Times | 12-02-2010

Democrats put aside their disagreements on Thursday, after concluding that it was better to take what they could get than to gamble on their chances in the next Congress when Republicans will control the House. Mr. Obama tamped down concern by telling Democrats he would work with them to find other ways to pay for the bill, before the cuts in food stamps take effect. “The president will do everything he can to restore these unconscionable cuts,” said Representative Barbara Lee, Democrat of California and chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

FRAC Statement on House Passage of Child Nutrition Bill | Food Research & Action Center | 12-02-2010

FRAC applauds today’s House passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S. 3307), accompanied by the commitment of the President and Congressional leaders to fix the SNAP cut included in that Act.

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act passes. Now let’s save Food Stamps | United Way of King County Blog | 12-04-2010

While not perfect – the legislation will increase the nutritional quality of food in schools and increase access to food outside of school. Hopefully this means our kids will be healthier and fewer kids will go hungry after school, on weekends and during the summer. The legislation builds on a national goal to End Childhood hunger by 2015.

First Focus Report Evaluates Potential Savings for States Under Medicaid Expansion | Kaiser Health Reform | 12-02-2010
A new analysis commissioned by First Focus and authored by the Urban Institute reviews how states could achieve savings under health reform while absorbing some of the costs of new Medicaid enrollees under the proposed Medicaid expansion.
Gregoire says special session inevitable | KOMO News | 12-06-2010
Gov. Chris Gregoire said Monday that a special session to deal with the state's budget shortfall is inevitable, and she gave lawmakers a Thursday deadline to present her with a date to hold it. Gregoire said that if lawmakers don't have a plan for her by Thursday afternoon, she'll pick a date for them, but said that it will happen before the Christmas holiday.
To Restore Economic Health, Congress Must Put Children First | Roll Call Special Features | 11-18-2010
Revitalizing our economy requires making sound investments. And our children are the most sound investment of all. We don’t hear much about America’s children in our national economic debate. But they are intricately connected to the dire economic consequences we face as a nation — and their well-being must be a critical part of the solution. Today in America there are more than 13 million children living in poverty and 8 million without health insurance. We have the second highest infant mortality rate among industrialized nations. And for the first time in history, a majority of voting Americans believes the next generation will fare worse than their parents. These are terrifying statistics for a country looking to regain its leading position in the global economy.