- We're losing that sense of being in it together | The Seattle Times | 12-19-2010
- A dozen years ago, when South Korea was in the midst of an economic crisis, citizens lined up to hand over their jewelry to help the country out of its fix. Can you imagine that happening here? It would be unusual anywhere, but we seem to have migrated far to the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to a sense of being in it together.
- Follow Up: Statement from Children's Alliance on SFA cut | Washington Food Coalition News | 12-21-2010
- The Governor has proposed eliminating funding for this program in her Supplemental and Biennial Budget proposals. Program elimination will affect a total of 31,000 people living in households that currently receive state food assistance benefits. One-half of these people are children. Loss of a critical part of family resources for food means a rise in food insecurity and childhood hunger.
- State food assistance is critical to the fight against hunger | The Olympian | 12-22-2010
- OBut without services such as state food assistance, more parents will be skipping meals so their kids can eat, and more kids will be going with less and less. The effects will be disastrous for these families, for our communities and for our state, and will linger well beyond our current recession.
- State Rep. Larry Seaquist Proposes Closing Tax Exemptions to Fund Schools | Kitsap Sun | 12-16-2010
- With education due to get whacked big-time in the upcoming legislative session, State Rep. Larry Seaquist wants to gradually heal some of those cuts by closing tax exemptions. Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor, plans to introduce such a bill, he told about 50 members of the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce on Thursday…Under Seaquist’s bill, a state panel called the Commission on Tax Exemptions would be asked to find and close enough tax exemptions to raise $2 billion per year. The Legislature would consult with educators to determine how that $2 billion per year through 2018 should be spent.
In this edition, Jerry Large of The Seattle Times calls upon local communities to act for the common good in the worst of times, the Children’s Alliance and Northwest Harvest break down what the proposed State Food Assistance elimination will look like for more than 30,000 families, the Washington Policy & Budget Center releases supplemental budget news and Rep. Larry Seaquist proposes closing tax exemptions to recompense some of the critical education funds proposed for elimination. In other news, a policy analyst published in The Huffington Post sees the tender first five years of life as the major influence on future outcomes, Paola Maranan, the Children’s Alliance Executive Director, talks of the revenue side of the budget equation in a Seattle Voices interview, and Children’s Alliance Deputy Director Jon Gould is featured in the New York Times reflecting on the loss of the soda tax.