- In this edition, you'll read more about an effort to roll back taxes on candy, soda and other goods, which would strip our state budget of hundreds of millions in revenue that lawmakers approved to protect vital services for children and families. You'll also read about a final call for public input on a statewide Early Learning Plan.
- “Grocery taxes” rollback campaign
underway I The News Tribune I 06-16-2010
- Bottlers hit the streets Friday the day after ballot language was approved, asking people to sign in support of rolling back new taxes
on soda pop, bottled water, candy and gum, plus a limitation on a tax
exemption that will leave makers of some processed foods paying more. (Opponents, including the Children's Alliance, are pushing a decline-to-sign campaign. We're asking people to call and e-mail when they see signature gatherers, especially those who are making misleading claims that Initiative 1107 would repeal taxes on "food and beverages.")
Without taxes, state revenue forcast
plunges $200 mil I Seattle PI I 06-17-2010
- When he presented his latest report Thursday, the state's
chief forecaster, Arun Raha, painted guardedly rosy picture of
Washington's budget. Raha said thanks to $800 million in new taxes state
lawmakers OK'd earlier this year, he expects the state to collect $558
million more than he predicted in February. But...throw out the new
taxes on bottled water and soda and liquor and the state's projected to
take in $206.8 million less through July of next year than it thought it
would four months ago.
- Last chance to weigh in on Early
Learning Plan | No Kidding! - Children's Alliance Blog I 06-17-2010
- The Department of Early Learning is making a final call for
public comments on a statewide plan that will be a roadmap for
developing a comprehensive, high-quality early learning system for
Washington state. This Friday is the cutoff.
- Child care subsidy rules under review I
Real Change I 06-16-2010
- The state Department of Early Learning is revising guidelines
that set a schedule for reviewing the finances of some families
receiving child care assistance. But advocates say the rules won’t
ensure the stable, quality child care that lawmakers envisioned. House
Bill 3141, passed during this year’s legislative session, mandates a
change in the state’s schedule for reviewing the financial eligibility
of families with kids in some preschool programs for Working
Connections. Working Connections is a child care subsidy that helps
low-wage workers afford daycare. The law affects the review process of
families of 20,000 Washington children currently enrolled in Head Start,
Early Head Start or the Early Childhood Education and Access Program.
- Early Learning News: Home Visiting
Money I Birth to Thrive I 06-16-2010
- The federal government is getting ready to start sending out
$1.3 billion for home visiting programs and Washington State could win
$1.3 million in the first round, the Children’s Alliance reports.
Earlier this year, Congress and President Barack Obama approved the
money as part of the huge health care reform law.
- FMAP Rejected, Possibility for
Another Special Session Heats Up I PubliCola I 06-16-2010
- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted down an amendment to H.R.
4213—the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010—that would
have tacked on a six-month extension to the Federal Medical Assistance
Percentage (FMAP) funding, $480 million of which state Democrats
depended on when they wrote their budget last session.
- Don’t Forget Kindergarten! A New Call
for All-Day Kindergarten in Education Reform I Birth to Thrive Online I
- Experts and advocates spend a lot of time talking about the
importance of quality preschool and prekindergarten classrooms. What
about kindergarten? Kindergarten often seems lost in the debate about
how to improve early learning. But, the Foundation for Child Development
made a move today to change that by issuing a new brief: “PreK-3rd:
Putting Full-Day Kindergarten in the Middle.”
- Sen. Chris Dodd Seeks to Put Spotlight
on Children's Issues I Education Week I 06-15-2010
- Longtime U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, who is retiring at the
end of this year, plans to use his last months in office to shine a
spotlight on the condition of children. At the June 8 hearing, the first
of four, Sen. Dodd said he plans to introduce legislation to create a
national commission on children to regularly and closely examine the
needs of American families and identify solutions to their problems.