Weekly News Round-up: February 1, 2016

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news on family tax credit issues. Remember – you also can track news coverage throughout the week by visiting our website, where you can filter news by a specific credit and/or state.

  • Last Friday, January 29, advocates and tax policy experts across the country celebrated EITC Awareness Day. Tax Credits for Working Families joined our partners at Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) to co-host a Capitol Hill policy briefing featuring Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ,) John’s Hopkins Professor Kathryn Edin and others. A video of the event will be posted on our website shortly. (Tax Credits for Working Families, Tax Justice Blog, Kentucky Youth Advocates, Oregon Center for Public Policy, CASH Maine).
  • We released a video illustrating how the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) gives low-wage workers a break at tax time. You can watch the video here and learn more at org.
  • CFED released its annual Assets and Opportunity Scorecard, which recommended policy solutions to help families reach financial security including the EITC (CFED).
  • Rhode Island Gina Raimondo (D) announced her plans to raise the state’s EITC to 15 percent of the federal credit (Providence Journal).
  • Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) wrote an editorial encouraging the Maryland legislature to expand the state’s EITC (Baltimore Sun).
  • Just in time for tonight’s Iowa Caucuses, The Boston Globe released a compilation of where all the presidential candidates stand on tax credits (Boston Globe).