News Round Up: August 19, 2019

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

Top Story: Janet Bauer, policy analyst at the Oregon Center for Public Policy, urged Congress to enact the Working Families Tax Relief Act, which would drastically strengthen the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit and help almost 600,000 Oregon families. (The Oregonian)

  • A new report from the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute found that a proposed reduction to the state’s top income tax rate would do very little to help most Georgians, and urged state lawmakers to instead  consider enacting a state EITC to reduce taxes for those with lower incomes. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • Melinda Young-Flynn, director of communications at Washington State Budget & Policy Center, highlighted the support the EITC has gotten at the federal and state levels throughout the year, and explained why a state-level credit would benefit Washington’s low-income workers. (Washington State Budget & Policy Center)
  • We blogged about a new report that links increases to the EITC to improved housing outcomes for low-income single mothers. (TCWF)