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Media Digest 7-16-2010

Anonymous (not verified) 07/16/10
In this edition, you’ll read about the latest version of a U.S. House of Representatives bill proposing $8 billion in additional funding over 10 years for child nutrition programs, including school breakfast and lunch. The Children’s Alliance supports President Obama’s call to Congress to fund child nutrition programs with $10 billion. You’ll also read opinions from leading business groups supporting investments in early learning now to create a more competitive workforce in the future.  
House committee passes child nutrition bill I The Washington Post I 07-15-2010
The House Education and Labor Committee on Thursday passed its version of child nutrition legislation, bringing the multi-billion-dollar bill one step closer to passage. Dubbed the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act of 2010, the bill proposes about $8 billion in additional funding over 10 years for child nutrition programs, including school breakfast and lunch. The programs have been the main focus of Michelle Obama’s high-profile Let’s Move campaign, which aims to end childhood obesity within a generation.
Top Human Resources Group Calls for Better Investments in Children’s Programs I Birth to Thrive Online I 07-13-2010
There are plenty of good arguments for better early learning in research papers and academia, but when those arguments come from the business world it’s a big step forward. Now, one of the nation’s top human resources groups has called for smarter investments in early learning in a new brief that suggests if we want to create a competitive workforce for tomorrow, we should invest in better child care today.

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Opinion: Fund early education for a strong future I Puget Sound Business Journal I 07-12-2010

And then there were 3...initiatives for sure on the ballot I The Spokesman-Review I 07-15-2010

Initiative 1098, which would place an income tax on individuals who make more than $200,000 a year, and couples who make more than $400,000, has enough valid signatures to make the ballot. This despite having about 350 signatures pulled out because the person who gathered them is suspected of fraud.

Read More:SEIU Member Under Investigation For Signature Fraud, I-1098 campaign responds I The Washington Ledge I 07-15-2010
Governors Make the Case for Help with FMAP I Say Ahhh! A Children's Health Policy Blog I 07-15-2010
This last weekend, the nation's Governors came together for their annual meeting in Boston where the main topic of conversation was the economic crisis that continues to cripple state budgets. One of the key policies many of the Governors made a pitch for was an extension of fiscal relief for strapped states through the extension of increased federal support for Medicaid (aka FMAP) . As my colleague points out: "That extra support has helped states through one of the worst fiscal crises on record and has been vital in stabilizing Medicaid coverage for children and others in families facing job loss."

Read More: Governor may make across-the-board cuts if federal funds don't arrive by Aug. 9 recess I Olympia Business Watch I 07-13-2010