As part of the generalized War on the Poor that they’ve been waging in recent weeks, state lawmakers have taken aim on the state Earned Income Tax Credit — an efficient program that provides workers earning low wages with a credit to offset their total state and local tax contributions.
Two new items documenting the folly of this action are worth a look this morning:
#1 is this op-ed in today’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer by Budget and Tax Center Director, Alexandra Sirota. As she notes:
“The EITC is an effective tool for keeping children and their families out of poverty, and it helps families keep working and on the path to the middle class.”
#2 is this new interactive infographic on the main Policy Watch site. It allows you to use your computer mouse to hover over any county in the state and get a glimpse of the credit’s impact.
Let’s hope state policymakers start paying attention to these compelling arguments.