News Round-Up: February 20, 2018

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

  • U.S. Representatives Luke Messer (R-IN) and Mark Meadows (R-NC) joined Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Joni Ernst (R-IA) and James Lankford (R-OK) to introduce The Child Tax Credit for Pregnant Moms Act, which would expand Child Tax Credit (CTC) eligibility to expectant parents. (WBIW)
  • The Missouri Senate Ways and Means Committee voted to advance a tax package that includes the creation of a nonrefundable state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) worth ten percent of the federal credit. (Missouri Net)
  • The Wisconsin state assembly voted to approve a bill proposed by Governor Scott Walker (R) that would launch a pilot program to test advanced payments of the EITC. Meanwhile, another Walker proposal to create a one-time, state-level CTC worth $100 per child passed out of committee. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
  • A bill to create a state-level EITC for Utah families trapped in a cycle of intergenerational poverty passed through the state’s House and is now being considered by the Senate. In an Op-Ed, Utah Representative John Westwood (R) urged his colleagues in the Senate to pass the bill to help Utah families “stay afloat.” (The Spectrum)