News Round-Up: February 11, 2019

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

Top Story: Missed our Capitol Hill policy briefing on what’s ahead for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in 2019? Watch the full video here.

  • Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D) announced a proposal to expand the state’s EITC from four to 11 percent of the federal credit for families with one child and 11 to 14 percent of the federal credit for families with two children. (Office of Governor Tony Evers)
  • The Maryland Senate Budget and Taxation Committee held a hearing for two bills to expand the state’s EITC for workers without dependent children and increase the value of the refundable portion of the credit to 100 percent of the federal EITC. (Maryland General Assembly)
  • Oklahoma House Minority Leader Emily Virgin (D-Norman) and Senate Minority Leader Kay Floyd (D-Oklahoma City) jointly announced a plan to restore refundability for the state’s EITC, which was made nonrefundable in 2016. (The Telegraph)
  • The Virginia House and Senate will convene a conference committee this week to come to an agreement on state budget priorities. Both the House and Senate’s current budget proposals would eliminate Governor Ralph Northam (D)’s proposal to make the state’s EITC refundable. (The Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • A bipartisan group of thought leaders convened by the Aspen Institute released a comprehensive new report that recommends improving the EITC for childless workers among dozens of other policies aimed at expanding economic opportunities for more Americans. (The Aspen Institute)