News Round-Up: March 4, 2019

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

Top Story: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a report that recommends expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit as part of four different policy packages aimed at reducing child poverty within 10 years. (National Academy of Science)

  • Maryland State Delegate Stephanie Smith (D-Baltimore City) introduced legislation to secure state funding for EITC outreach and free tax preparation for low-income workers. (General Assembly of Maryland)
  • The Missouri Senate and House Ways and Means committees advanced legislation to enact a nonrefundable state EITC worth 20 percent of the federal credit. The bills now head to the House and Senate for a full vote. (Missouri House of Representatives, Missouri Senate)
  • Ohio State representatives Erica Crawley (D-Columbus) and Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) introduced legislation to make the state EITC refundable and remove the income caps to make the credit accessible to more than 400,000 working families. (The Columbus Dispatch)
  • Oregon State representatives Jeff Reardon (D-Happy Valley) and Alissa Keny-Guyer (D-Portland) co-authored an Op Ed outlining the need to “renew and raise” the state’s EITC. (The Oregonian)
  • We blogged about a new Trust for America’s Health report that recommends expanding the EITC to improve public health. (TCWF)