Yearly Archives: 2008

Stranded by snow – and seeing the value of community

Reprinted from the Everett Herald: For a lot of us, these past ten days of snow and cold have been a bit trying, with lost days of work and school.  Our usual holiday plans are all messed up, work unfinished, … Continue reading

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Update: Valuing families during the recession

As I previously posted, The Washington State Family Leave Coalition has joined the Multi-State Working Families Consortium and dozens of organizations from around the country in calling on Congress and the Obama administration to insure that economic stimulus and recovery … Continue reading

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77% of Americans want major health reforms. Plus: childcare in the recession, pay for state workers and a bit on economics

Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report: A majority of U.S. adults believe that President-elect Barack Obama should make major reforms to the health care system, according to a recent Washington Post-ABC News Poll, the Post reports (Cohen/Agiesta, Washington Post, 12/21). The … Continue reading

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The importance of early childhood education. Plus: the middle class, unemployment and child care, minimum wage, taxes and the state budget

Early learning is a critical investment: We’re learning a lot about learning, and all of it points to the importance of a child’s youngest years. Science increasingly has demonstrated the importance of attention, nutrition and activity in allowing children’s brains … Continue reading

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The governor’s budget proposal: So much for a scalpel

The flood water is rising fast on lower- and middle-class families in Washington. The state budget has already been swamped, and a lifeboat from the federal government isn’t even in the water yet.

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News on the state budget

Gregoire offers up no-new-taxes budget that freezes pay; workers say they’ll seek better deal from Legislature: Gov. Chris Gregoire unveiled a two-year state budget to close a $5.7 billion budget gap by freezing pay for some 250,000 state and school … Continue reading

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Governor’s budget suspends quality early education — and leaves kids hanging

The Governor’s proposed 2009-2011 operating budget for early learning promises to “ continue progress in offering services for our youngest learners and supporting those who provide for their care and education.” At the same time, this budget proposal turns around … Continue reading

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