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Media Digest 7-27-2010

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In this edition, you’ll read opinions and editorials exploring what should be considered in the state budget planning process and how budget cuts affect Washington families.  You’ll also find articles on state initiatives up for vote on November’s ballot. You can read Children’s Alliance's positions on selected initiatives here
As state revenues tick upward, budget gaps remain I Stateline.org I 07-27-2010
After enduring two years of crippling budget deficits, states may have slightly better times ahead, according to a new report issued yesterday by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Nearly every state expects to collect more revenue in the 2011 fiscal year than in 2010, the report says. Still, the report paints a picture that is far from rosy, particularly as the federal stimulus program winds down.
Read more on the state budget:
Opinion: Behind the cuts are tragic human stories I The Herald I 07-24-2010
Editorial: Resetting our expectations I The Herald I 07-25-2010

Initiatives backed by corporate funds I Tri-City Herald I 07-24-2010
A Public Disclosure Commission report released Friday shows corporate, union and special interest group money has paid for the lion's share of efforts to get initiatives on the November general election ballot. I-1107: An initiative overturning the recently enacted sales tax on candy, pop and bottled water received more than 99 percent of its funding from the American Beverage Association, which has paid $2.7 million to support the measure. Of that, $1.7 million was spent gathering 395,000 signatures for Initiative 1107 in a period of about three weeks.
Read more on initiatives:
Liquor Privatization Initiatives Part 1: Washington's Current Liquor Control System I Schmudget I 07-26-2010
I-1098 Would Cut Taxes, Fund Improvements in Health Care and Education I Schmudget I 07-23-2010

Budget Outlook for Federal Children’s Programs Looks Tough I 07-26-2010I Birth to Thrive Online

The federal government increased spending on children’s programs in the last year, but these programs will have a tough time winning a bigger share of the federal pie in the future, a new report says. Without the 2009 economic stimulus package, federal children’s programs would have received a smaller share of the overall federal budget, First Focus’s report, Children’s Budget 2010, found.
Rep. McDermott Lauds First Grants for Home Visitation Programs I BigNews.biz I 07-23-2010
The Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the award of $88 million in grants to support home visiting programs focused on improving the well-being of families with young children, including over $1.3 million for Washington State. “Home visitation programs have a proven track record of helping children enjoy safer, healthier, and more productive lives,” Congressman Jim McDermott said. “This new initiative will...help provide critical assistance to countless at-risk children."
Read more about federal home visiting grants
Bringing Oral Health Awareness to Capitol Hill I Oral Health Matters blog I 07-22-2010
Many people think the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Health Reform Bill) is only about reforming insurance to expand access to health coverage. The bill also contains many important provisions that will improve care coordination and access to critical preventive services. One such unfunded program is the Oral Health Public Education Campaign, which is designed to raise awareness of the importance of oral health—particularly for young children from underserved populations.
Kids Count Report: Washington Scores Mixed I KPLU I 07-27-2010
Washington's kids are healthy but continue to face education challenges compared to other states. That's the finding from the annual Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which uses data from the census bureau to track children's health and education. "We under-educate kids who grow up in our state, and we tend to import more talent into the state than educate the young people who grow up here," according to Deborah Wilds, director of the College Success Foundation. She adds that first-generation and minority kids need greater community supports in place.