Letter: End hunger, poverty and provide opportunity
December 3, 2015

Dear Editor:

Advocacy organizations such as Bread for the World, Feeding America, and RESULTS are asking: “What are presidential candidates willing to do to end hunger, alleviate poverty, and increase economic opportunity?”

Presidential and Congressional leadership needs to better address the needs of low and moderate income working families and individuals. Researchers from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) note that these families and individuals have only recently begun to recover from the recession of 2008.

People who benefit from two critical programs for low and modest income working families and individuals, The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC), may face deeper hardship if key provisions to the EITC and CTC expire at the end of 2017. Saving these key provisions needs to be on the top of the Congressional agenda and deserves continued bi-partisan support.

In the State of Illinois 445,000 families and 904,000 children will be affected if these tax credit provisions expire. Estimates of dollars lost in Illinois would be $482 million, with 29,000 military families, 67,000 rural families, and 226,000 millennial workers affected.

On a national level the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) notes that 50 million workers will lose part or all of their Earned Income Tax Credit, or Child Tax Credit if key provisions are not extended.

Let’s not force working families to wait until the last minute for Congress to do what’s right. Congress should make the EITC and CTC provisions permanent now and then spend the next twelve months of national debate creating an effective plan to end poverty in America.

Let’s not lose sight of these programs during the next twelve months of national debate!

Joyce Weber, LCSW
RESULTS Advocate