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Revenue day, Dad’s Year: Wassup June 17

Washington State's economics experts will tell folks how well or how poorly they expect the state to do as far as collecting revenue in the coming months and years at 10 a.m.

It's the Revenue Forecast, which is made roughly quarterly, and lets state officials know whether they need to make any corrections in the budget. The state is already holding its breath to find out whether it will get some $480 million from the federal government in extra Medicare/Medicaid payments, and any drop in tax revenues will be a secondary jolt.

Speaking of that extra fed money, which is known as FMAP for federal medical assistance percentage, the U.S. Senate is supposed to try yet again to get 60 votes to move a bill with that in it sometime today. An attempt earlier this week failed.

Also in Congress, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell have a resolution giving Spokane a congressional high five for being the home of Father's Day, 100 years ago. In honor of the centennial, the resolution establishes 2010 as Father's Year. Even though by June 17 it's actually more of a half year, please resist the urge to go out and buy a tie a day through Dec. 31

For full text of the resolution, go inside the blog:

United States Senate and House of Representatives Resolution – Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Recognizing the important role that fathers play in the lives of their children and families and establishing 2010 as The Year of the Father

Whereas, Father’s Day was founded in 1910 by Mrs. John B. Dodd after attending a Mother’s Day celebration in1909 and believing that fathers should receive the same recognition

Whereas Mrs. John B. Dodd, Sonora Smart Dodd, founded the day in celebration of her father, William Smart;

Whereas William Smart, a Civil War veteran, raised six children on his own after the death of his wife;

Whereas Spokane, Washington recognized and hosted the first celebration of Father’s Day on June 19, 1910

Whereas in 1924, President Calvin Coolidge recognized Father’s Day and urged states to follow suit;

Whereas in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a proclamation calling for the third Sunday in June to be recognized as Father’s Day and requested that flags be flown that day on all government buildings;

Whereas President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation in 1972 permanently observing Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June;

Whereas Father’s Day is celebrated in over 50 countries around the world;

Whereas there are an estimated 64.3 million fathers around the nation today;

Whereas it is well documented that children involved with loving fathers are significantly more likely to have healthy self-esteems, exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior, avoid high risk behaviors, reduce anti-social behavior and delinquency in boys, have better peer relationships, and have higher occupational mobility relative to parents;

Whereas fathers who live with their children are likely to have a close, enduring relationship with their children than those who do not;

Whereas the 100th anniversary of Father’s Day will be celebrated in Spokane, Washington on June 20, 2010;

Be it resolved that Congress recognizes the important role that fathers play in the lives of their children and families and establishes 2010 as The Year of the Father.

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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