Weekly News Round-up: January 19, 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.

  • In President Obama’s final State of the Union speech, he noted that he and Speaker Paul Ryan (R) both support measures to expand the EITC to childless workers and called on Congress to unite behind the bipartisan proposal (Vox, Bloomberg View, CBPP). The Washington Post Editorial Board encouraged Speaker Ryan to move forward with this proposal (Washington Post).
  • We recapped the generally positive statements about the EITC by Republican presidential candidates attending the recent Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity. The Forum brought together the candidates to address poverty in America (TCWF).
  • Although the co-chair of the West Virginia Senate Tax Reform Committee announced the committee would not pursue tax reform this session, advocates across the state continue to push for the creation of a state EITC (West Virginia Gazette Mail).
  • Maryland Larry Hogan (R) announced his tax reform plan, which included a provision to expand the EITC (Washington Post, Baltimore Sun).
  • Join Tax Credits for Working Families and the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) on January 29 for a Capitol Hill Policy Briefing in honor of EITC Awareness Day. Let us know how you plan to celebrate the EITC next Friday, and will feature your organization on our website and social media.
  • Unable to attend our EITC Awareness Day event? You can still promote the EITC by using #EITCAwarenessDay on social media and by joining the IRS Thunderclap.