FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 14, 2020
Economic Justice Advocates Respond to Governor’s May Revise: Stop Excluding Californians From CalEITC; Critical to COVID-19 Recovery
United Ways of California together with a coalition of 60 organizations make urgent plea, highlight need for outreach to eligible households to access poverty-fighting power of earned income tax credit
(Los Angeles, CA) — In response to the Governor’s May Revision to the proposed 2020-2021 state budget announced today, United Ways of California and a coalition of 60 organizations thank Governor Newsom for continuing the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) program, but call out continuing to exclude hundreds of thousands of working taxpayers from anti-poverty tax credits designed to reward work.
“Now more than ever we need to make California, a California for all,” says Peter Manzo, President and CEO of United Ways of California. “While we applaud the Governor for keeping the CalEITC in the budget, all hard-working, tax-paying Californians regardless of their immigration status deserve equitable treatment, most especially during this pandemic,” Manzo added.