Weekly News Round-up: May 9, 2016

  • Rep. Rose DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden encouraged Congress to support the Young Child Tax Credit Act. The bill, which House Democrats introduced in March, would provide families who have a child under age three with a $1500 credit on top of their Child Tax Credit (CTC) (Huffington Post).
  • The Shriver Center released its annual poverty scorecard, which found that Congress is more divided than ever when it comes to anti-poverty policy (TCWF).
  • Top anti-poverty funders have shown increased interest in supporting efforts to better publicize the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) (Inside Philanthropy).
  • The Missouri House passed a bill to create a state EITC. The legislation now moves to the Senate and will need approval by Gov. Jay Nixon (D) before the session ends on May 13 (Kansas City Star).
  • As federal lawmakers consider lowering the minimum age of eligibility for the EITC, a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) preparer from Des Moines, Iowa, encouraged them to also consider raising the maximum age of eligibility, currently set at 65 (Des Moines Register).