News Round Up: July 29, 2019

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

Top Story: Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D) signed legislation to renew and raise the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) from 11 to 12 percent of the federal credit for taxpayers with dependent children under the age of three, and from 8 to 9 percent of the federal credit for all other eligible taxpayers. (TCWF)

  • During the 2019 legislative sessions, several states have enacted policies to create more equitable tax codes, including enacting or expanding state-level EITCs. (ITEP)
  • Vox analyzed how expanding the federal EITC to caregivers of vulnerable adults and children would transform the safety net. (Vox)
  • Kate Birnbryer-White, executive director of Michigan Community Action, urged state legislators to prioritize doubling the value of the state EITC to give working families a boost. (Lansing State Journal)
  • The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) released new data on how proposals to expand the federal EITC would benefit workers without dependent children in each state. (CBPP)
  • Researchers at CBPP recommended expanding the federal EITC as one way Congress can use the federal tax code to advance racial equity. (CBPP)
  • The Urban Institute’s podcast Critical Value discussed how the EITC could be increased and improved to provide additional financial security for all working Americans. (Apple Podcasts)