News Round Up: September 30, 2019

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

Top Story: After new Census data revealed a widening income gap in Arkansas, Bruno Showers, a senior policy analyst at Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, urged lawmakers to enact a state-level Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and increase the minimum wage to reduce income inequality. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

  • Kentucky Youth Advocates urged lawmakers to enact a state-level EITC to reduce Kentucky’s high child poverty rate, particularly among children and families of color. (Kentucky Youth Advocates)
  • Lauren Turner, mental health policy analyst at the Oklahoma Policy Institute, recommended restoring refundability to the state’s EITC to help alleviate stress and reduce the impact of trauma among  low-income families. (Oklahoma Policy Institute)
  • We blogged about new Census data on the state of poverty in the U.S., which highlighted the positive impacts of refundable tax credits. (TCWF)