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Kids from New York working families need more income tax breaks, advocates and lawmakers say in push for reform


Added 05-30-19 06:13:02pm EST - “A coalition of groups including the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, United Way of New York State and the Fiscal Policy Institute petitioned lawmakers Thursday to pass a series of stalled bills that would expand and increase…” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Kids from New York working families need more income tax breaks, advocates and lawmakers say in push for reform”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

ALBANY — Strengthening state tax policies that help struggling working families could combat poverty and give kids from poorer homes a much-needed boost, according to a group of advocates pushing lawmakers for change.

A coalition of groups including the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, United Way of New York State and the Fiscal Policy Institute petitioned lawmakers Thursday to pass a series of stalled bills that would expand and increase New York’s refundable working family tax credits.

“Kids whose families receive working family tax credits do better in school, are likelier to attend college, and are likely to earn more as adults. That’s important not only for the children themselves but for our country and economy,” said Ron Deutsch, the executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute.

More than one in five children in the Empire State live in poverty, the group notes. The rate rises to nearly one in three among children of color.

In all, roughly 800,000 kids are growing up in homes where food and heat are scarce, housing is unstable and transportation is unreliable. Many areas of the state have child poverty rates at or near fifty percent, according to an analysis the groups released in March.

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