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Media Digest 2-2-2010

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In this edition you'll find stories about President Obama's proposed budget, which would send $435 million in aid to Washington state, and how Gov. Chris Gregoire plans to use the money, as well as other strategies to temper deep cuts with new revenue. You'll also find stories about cuts state lawmakers are considering for Working Connections Child Care and a new report that shows hunger is on the rise in Washington state.

Obama budget proposes $435 million aid for state I HeraldNet I 2-2-2010
Gov. Chris Gregoire got the good news she’s been waiting for Monday. President Barack Obama released his proposed budget, and it contained a pledge of new money to states for Medicaid programs that could steer $435 million to Washington in 2011. The governor said she wants to use the federal money to ensure ongoing funding of the state’s subsidized health insurance program for the poor, all-day kindergarten, early learning programs, financial aid for college students and a number of services for seniors and disabled.
The billion dollar wish I Olympia Newswire I 1-29-2010
At a press conference on Monday, Jan. 25, Governor Christine Gregoire said once again that she hopes to get up to $1 billion from the federal government to help with Washington state’s $2.6 billion budget crisis. “We need the federal government as a partner,” said Gregoire. Yet it seems highly unlikely that the federal government will bail out Washington state before this year’s legislative session ends on March 11.
Proposed tax on candy is complicated | The Columbian I 1-31-2010
Rep. Jim Moeller wants to make this clear: He has nothing against candy. In fact, he loves candy. Especially Almond Roca. But one of Moeller’s top priorities — adequate funding for the state’s public health departments — is languishing due to the state’s budget crisis. He has introduced a bill that would levy the state’s 6.5 percent sales tax on candy and gum sold in Washington. The tax is expected to raise $17 million in 2011 and $30 million annually thereafter, with all the revenue dedicated to funding public health programs.
State Senators Consider Raising Taxes for Richest Residents and Corporations I SLOG I 1-28-2010
Nine state senators are working on a proposal that would increase taxes for the state’s wealthiest individuals and corporations, similar to two measures passed this week in Oregon. The group of lawmakers is considering higher taxes for "the people more able to pay,” says State senator Craig Pridemore (D-49). Citing the Oregon measures, he says, "there is no reason Washington cannot do the same."
Working Families Tax Rebate by Legislative District I Schmudget I 1-29-2010
In facing our economic and fiscal situation, we need a balanced and responsible approach including tax increases. Full funding for the Working Families Tax Rebate (WFTR) -- a tax rebate for lower and moderate income working Washingtonians – should be a key element of any revenue strategy.
Child care subsidy for working parents in jeopardy | Children's Alliance No Kidding! Blog I 1-29-2010
Washington state lawmakers are considering a massive cut to the state’s Working Connections Child Care program. Losing this subsidy would be devastating to thousands of parents who are working hard to lift their families out of poverty. It could force them to quit their jobs or stop looking for work.
President Obama’s New Budget Offers Head Start a Raise, Creates Other Early Learning Incentives I Birth to Thrive Online I 2-1-2010
The Obama administration released its new budget this morning and despite the large federal budget deficit it contains new money for Early Head Start, child care subsidies and other incentives for early learning, interest groups reported. Two of the nation’s biggest early learning programs, Head Start and Early Start, would receive a total increase of $989 million in fiscal 2011 over last year’s level, according to Zero to Three.
Washington State: Children in daycare missing out on good nutrition I Seattle Family Examiner I 1-28-2010
The government provides a federally-funded program wherein family day care homes can receive meal reimbursements for serving nutritious meals and snacks to children, but many kids are missing out because providers complain benefits are low and paperwork is complex, says Linda Stone, Senior Food Policy Coordinator with Children’s Alliance.
Putting Food on the Table is a Struggle for 23 Percent of Washington Families I Seattle's Child Magazine I 2-1-2010
Nearly one in five households in Washington State did not have enough money to buy the food they needed in 2009, according to a recent survey. The data, part of a new report released by the Food Research and Action Center, shows an average of 23 percent of families in Washington are having difficulties feeding their themselves.
“Immigrants Are Bearing the Burden of These Cuts” I Olympia Newswire I 1-29-2010
Manuela Zepeda came from her home in Burlington to Olympia to tell elected officials to restore funding for medical interpreter services and other language access programs. She was one of nearly 200 immigrants who came to Olympia on Tuesday, January 26, as part of “Immigrants’ Day at the Capitol”, which was sponsored by OneAmerica. They came to advocate for language access, citizenship programs and progressive tax reform so services for all low-income people could be maintained.