News Round Up: January 22, 2019

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

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Across the country, lawmakers are taking action to enact new state-level tax credits for working families and improve existing credits:

  • Connecticut State Representative Anne Hughes (D-Easton) introduced legislation to increase the state’s EITC by an unspecified amount. (Connecticut General Assembly)
  • Maine Senator Eloise Vitelli (D-Arrowsic) introduced legislation to expand the state’s EITC from 5 to 15 percent of the federal credit. (Maine Legislature)
  • New Mexico State Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-Albuquerque) introduced legislation to double the state’s EITC from 10 to 20 percent of the federal credit. (New Mexico Legislature)
  • New York State Assembly member Harry Bronson (D-Rochester) introduced legislation to lower the state EITC’s minimum age requirement for workers without dependent children to 17.. (New York State Assembly)
  • West Virginia State Delegate Isaac Sponaugle (D-Pendleton) introduced legislation to enact a refundable state-level EITC worth 50 percent of the federal credit. (West Virginia Legislature)