News Round Up: January 14, 2019

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

Top Story: Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico Jenniffer González introduced the Child Tax Credit Equity for Puerto Rico Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, which would expand the credit to families with fewer than three children. (Caribbean Business)

  • Missouri State Representative Bill Kidd (R-Independence) introduced legislation to enact a state-level Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) worth 20 percent of the federal credit starting in 2020. (Missouri House of Representatives)
  • California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) proposed a $209 billion state budget that includes a proposal to more than double the size of the state’s EITC. (Vox, Governor’s Budget)
  • D.C. Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau reintroduced legislation to allow low-income taxpayers who claim the district’s EITC to defer a portion of their credit to a “rainy day” savings account and receive a 50 percent savings match. (Office of Brianne K. Nadeau)
  • David Blatt, executive director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute, urged state lawmakers to restore refundability to the state’s EITC, which would benefit more than 200,000 working families. (The Journal Record)
  • We blogged about the progress state advocates have made to enact, advance and protect family tax credits in 2018. (TCWF)