News Round-up: April 10, 2017

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news and upcoming events on family tax credit issues.

  • The Nebraska Revenue Committee voted to advance a bill that would increase the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) from 10 to 12 percent of the federal credit. The full House will now consider the legislation (Omaha World Herald, Fremont Tribune, News and Observer).
  • Delaware House Democrats released a “Fair Shot Agenda,” a legislative package designed to help families make ends meet. One of the bills would make the state’s EITC refundable (Delaware 105.9).
  • California state Rep. Anna Caballero encouraged her colleagues and constituents to support AB 225, a bill that would expand the state’s EITC (Santa Cruz Sentinel).
  • In a letter to the editor, Minnesota state Rep. Connie Bernardy urged state lawmakers to support the Working Family Credit instead of cutting taxes for the wealthiest Minnesotans (Albert Lea Tribune).
  • Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, wrote about strategies to eliminate barriers to opportunity for low-income workers and families. Among these strategies is expanding the EITC for workers not raising children (Washington Post).
  • Jason Fichtner, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center, and Indivar Dutta-Gupta, co-executive director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, wrote that strengthening the EITC could be an easy, bipartisan win for the Trump administration (The Hill).