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Media Digest 03-16-2011

Christina 03/16/11

In this week’s edition, ECEAP and Head Start are regarded as critical investments for children and the economy, a mother in Yakima reports turning down a pay raise to keep her Working Connections Child Care, and a local economist thinks government should support a children’s entitlement as kids bear the brunt of the tough economy. In other news, the prospect of closing tax breaks is discussed widely in Olympia and in community meetings with legislators.

Early Education Not Lost in Budget Cuts | Northwest Public Radio |03-14-2011
Ruth Kagi chairs the Early Learning and Family Planning Committee in Washington’s House of Representatives. Kagi says that even in the midst of budget cuts she is committed to preserving the ECEAP program. Ruth Kagi: “We have already passed two budgets to make corrections in our current biennium and we did not cut any slots for early childhood education in those two budgets, and I do not believe that we will in the final budget.”
Head Start program critical to children’s futures | Walla Walla Union-Bulletin | 03-12-2011
Head Start, one of America's best researched and most effective social programs is under attack. The House of Representatives recently passed a budget that cuts $1 billion from Head Start nationwide. This means that 3,000 children in Washington state will be affected by the largest cut ever proposed to Head Start.
Childcare Cuts Causing Parents To Turn Down Raises | KIMA CBS-29 | 03-10-2011
Jentry Kukulka is giving up money to keep her two kids in childcare. This may sound odd, but the more Jentry makes, the less the state is willing to help her out. "These people are trying to work, doing what we want them to do, and now they're being penalized for it," said Deanne Eikenbary, a lobbyist for less cuts. The program that helps pay Jentry's daycare costs is called Working Connections. It's designed to help low income, working families and it's the only state aid Jentry receives.
Guest Column: Fiscal problems falling on the shoulders of children | Tacoma News Tribune | 03-15-2011
So the federal government addresses its fiscal problems by cutting discretionary funding, protecting entitlements, and increasing the nation’s debt. State and local governments cut social and educational programs that serve kids. Taken together, children are shouldering more than their fair share of the governments’ fiscal problems. And perversely, it is just this group that is most in need of being protected.
Rep. Mike Sells: Bring More Accountability to State Tax Exemptions | Everett Herald | 03-13-2011
At a time when we are considering kicking thousands of people off the Basic Health Plan, cramming more kids into classrooms, and drastically reducing critical services for seniors, we need to scrutinize every dollar we dole out on tax exemptions and compare whether the benefits of tax breaks outweigh the benefits of the education and health care services we are proposing to cut.
Town Hall message: Put Tax Loopholes on the Budget | Politics Blog: The Olympian | 03-12-2011
The three local Democrats lawmakers explained that passage of Tim Eyman's Initiative 1053 last fall makes it harder to close so-called tax loopholes or to raise taxes, because they now require a two-thirds vote for legislative approval…That leaves one alternative: Sending a referendum to the November ballot to reduce or close specific tax exemptions. Lawmakers only need a simple majority – or 50-percent-plus-one – vote to do that…Sen. Fraser suggested lawmakers could do it in June…
House Lawmakers Look Askance at Tax Breaks | Tacoma News Tribune | 03-11-2011
Lawmakers in the state House have given bipartisan blessing to a few ideas for new tax exemptions this year, despite a budget shortfall that is widely expected to deepen beyond $5 billion next week when a new revenue forecast is revealed. Another 30 or so proposed tax breaks have yet to move out of the House or Senate, but supporters of several of them say they are still very much in play.
Tax Breaks: Olympia’s Reformers Need a Cogent Strategy | Crosscut | 03-11-2011
…expanded breaks are moving forward. One proposal (SB 5539), would double the B&O tax credit for contributions to a fund intended to attract film makers to Washington, at a biennial cost to the state of $10 million. Another bill (SB 5735), would remove the 2015 sunset date for the B&O credit for R&D expenditures by high-tech firms, with a cost estimated at $65 million. Neither of these breaks have received close scrutiny for need and cost-effectiveness.
Legislators consider creating a state Indian Child Welfare Act | The Capitol Record | 03-10-2011
Legislation that would create a state Indian Child Welfare Act, which passed out of the Senate Saturday 46-1, got a public hearing in the House Early Learning & Human Services committee this morning. The Act would aim to avoid removing children from their tribal community unless it is absolutely necessary and is modeled after the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.