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Media Digest 8-31-2010

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In this edition, you’ll find articles on how ballot measures on the November ballot could significantly impact the state budget for years to come. You can read Children’s Alliance positions on ballot measures here. You’ll also read about two key shortfalls in the Senate’s child nutrition bill that the House can help fix when Congress reconvenes in September.
Ballot will shape state budget | The News Tribune I 08-30-2010
Washington voters could reshape the state’s budget outlook for the next couple of years, depending how they weigh in Nov. 2 on six citizen initiatives and a referendum from the Legislature. Most of the proposals would cut the flow of money into the state treasury, including two liquor-privatization efforts and a tax-rollback measure that is backed by $10 million from the national soft drink industry. But an income tax on high-earning residents, if enacted and not struck down by courts, would give the state $2.2 billion a year in future budget cycles.
Read more: A 50-state comparison of state income taxes shows WA would rank way, way low under I-1098 I Seattle PostGlobe I 08-27-2010
Foes of liquor sales initiatives get help from beer, wine distributors I The Herald I 08-27-2010
Why The House Child Nutrition Bill Is Better For Children I The Huffington Post I 08-24-2010
The Senate's passage of its child nutrition bill, Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 (S. 3307), would improve upon existing child anti-hunger programs, such as school breakfast and lunch, after school food programs, and the WIC program. While the improvements to the nutritional quality of foods provided by our child nutrition programs is a strong step forward, there are two key shortfalls to the legislation that the House should consider before taking up the Senate bill when Congress reconvenes in September.

Leading Economist Makes Clear Case for Investing in Early Learning I Birth to Thrive Online I 08-26-2010

Economists, researchers and advocates talk a lot about the economic return of good quality early learning, but few are as compelling and clear as University of Chicago professor James Heckman. The Nobel-Prize winning economist explains the importance of putting returns of early learning efforts, such as teaching self-discipline and other soft skills, in the correct context, in a question-and-answer on the Washington Post’s “Economics and Domestic Policy, and lots of it” blog.
Cross-border Child Welfare Placements Streamlined I Northwest Public Radio I 08-30-2010
Child welfare managers from Oregon and Washington Monday signed an agreement. It aims to streamline the placement of children in state custody across state lines. Washington Department of Social and Health Services spokesman Thomas Shapley says prior to this agreement, an inter-state transfer could take 30 to 90 days to process. Now for example, a child taken from a home in Vancouver, Washington because of abuse or neglect could be placed with a grandmother in Portland in as little as seven days.
Record number in government anti-poverty programs I USA Today I 08-30-2010
Government anti-poverty programs that have grown to meet the needs of recession victims now serve a record one in six Americans and are continuing to expand. More than 50 million Americans are on Medicaid, the federal-state program aimed principally at the poor, a survey of state data by USA TODAY shows. That's up at least 17% since the recession began in December 2007.
Educators: Early childhood education key to school reform I The Bellingham Herald I 08-26-2010
The U.S. education system needs to change but will require an emphasis on early childhood education and community involvement, rather than test scores, to have lasting effects. That was the message from a panel of educators, including state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, at the monthly Bellingham City Club meeting Wednesday, Aug. 25.
Children's investment fund supports plan big push for November | KREM 2 News | 08-24-2010
Supporters of building a children’s investment fund for the city of Spokane are planning their big push for the November election. The group wants to pass a new tax to fund early child development programs. But they know they’ll need to do a lot of work to get a new tax by the voters.