FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Anna Hasselblad, Public Policy Director
United Ways of California
Cadonna Dory, Director of Communications
Children’s Defense Fund-CA
Advocates call for targeted assistance for Californians who have been excluded from federal stimulus, building on the state’s investments in the CalEITC and Golden State Stimulus
(Sacramento, CA) — For months, the California Legislature has been debating and voting on a wide range of budget investments and so far there have been some truly incredible measures taken to invest in the financial security of California’s most vulnerable communities. Advocates from the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) Coalition praise the actions taken this year to shore up households that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis, but note that more targeted, equity-based investments are still needed.
The CalEITC is one of the state’s most powerful tools to combat poverty and it is critically important for the state to invest in its growth. This is why advocates championed SB 691 (Rubio) which would have provided an additional $100 in CalEITC benefits for people who use an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) and reducing the income eligibility for the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC) from $1 to $0 to avoid bureaucratic hurdles for this population. Funding to expand these credits is not included in the budget deal outlined by the Legislature today, and remains a critical issue for low-income households, not only to recover from the pandemic’s economic hardships, but also as ongoing equity measures for families.