Weekly News Round-up: July 11, 2016

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news and upcoming events 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 or state.

  • Barbara Gault, executive director of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, said that expanding access to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other public benefits for low-wage workers could help make higher education more attainable for young people in low-income families (Chronicle of Higher Education).
  • Lawmakers in New Jersey are still debating how to fund the state’s transportation projects. One of the proposed fixes would raise the gas tax and increase the state’s EITC from 30 to 40 percent of the federal credit (Washington Post).
  • Linda Asato, executive director of the California Child Care Resource & Referral Center, wrote about the importance of increasing funding for child care assistance programs in California (Sacramento Bee).
  • Professor Peter D. Salins of Stony Brook University wrote an op-ed in the New York Time sarguing that improving the EITC is a “better way to raise incomes” than increasing the minimum wage. Research shows that the two policies are actually complementary, and work best to increase incomes when strengthened together, (New York Times).
  • We wrote about the EITC as a tool for making housing more affordable (TCWF).