In this edition, you'll read about Washington and other states that have raised revenue as a "common and reasonable" way to preserve vital services for children and families. You'll also find articles about how the effects of low-quality child care can last into adolescence and a call for Congress to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act.
- Analysis: State tax increases billed
as 'common, reasonable' way to protect vital services I Schmudget I
- A new Budget & Policy Center analysis shows how
Washington's recent tax increases compare to increases enacted in other
states during the recession. The report finds that tax increases are a
common and reasonable way to preserve services during a recession.
- Study finds that effects of
low-quality child care last into adolescence I The Washington Post I
- Low-quality care in the first few years of life can have a
small but long-lasting impact on a child's learning and behavior,
according to new results from the largest, most authoritative assessment
of child rearing in the United States.
- Don't Let Congress Put Off Providing
Healthy Meals for Our Kids | Change.org I 05-17-2010
- There's a proven correlation between eating healthy food and
earning good grades. So why are Senate leaders considering delaying the
Child Nutrition Act, an essential bill that will dramatically improve
students' access to fresh, healthy food, for another one or two years?
- The U.S. Mom Is Increasingly Older,
Born in Another Country and Better Educated: What Does This Mean for
Early Learning? I Birth to Thrive Online I 05-19-2010
- In the United States, new moms are increasingly older, better
educated and born in other countries, a new study found, and these
shifts promise to change child care, preschool and pre-kindergarten.
- Economic Scene I Why a Soda Tax Makes
Sense I New York Times I 05-18-2010
- The argument for a soda tax is the same as the argument for a
tax on tobacco, pollution or, for that matter, banks that take big,
expensive risks. When an activity imposes costs on society, economists
have long said that the activity should be taxed. Doing so accomplishes
two goals: it discourages the activity, and it raises money to help pay
society’s costs. (The Children's Alliance played a leading this year in the successful push to tax soda in Washington state.)
- Majority of recent tax increases are
temporary I Schmudget I 05-18-2010
- A majority of the tax increases passed in 2009 and 2010 are
temporary — scheduled to expire at the end of fiscal year 2013. These
temporary measures will help to preserve essential services like health
care and education throughout the downturn and recovery.
- I-1098's income tax proposal ready
for signatures I The Olympian I 05-18-2010
- Backers of a state income tax say they'll be on the street soon
pitching Initiative 1098 to voters. A Thurston County judge approved
final wording on the ballot title for I-1098, the high-earners income
tax proposal backed by Bill Gates Sr., the Service Employees
International Union and other groups.