LETTER: Helping lower income families helps children
Should we help 140,000 low income West Virginia families raise their families out-of-poverty? It’s the smart and compassionate thing to do. The West Virginia State Legislature can make this happen this year by passing a State Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to help low income families make ends meet and help raise their children out of poverty.
Twenty-six other U.S. states have already created a State EITC. Along with the federal EITC, the state tax credit is one of the most effective anti-poverty tools we have. The EITC also helps local economies because low income people tend to spend their extra money in their communities for essential goods and services.
Child poverty is one of West Virginia’s most pressing problems. Children raised in poverty tend to have poorer health, poorer educational outcomes and less success as wage earners. Let’s give West Virginia kids a better chance at life by giving their parents some extra income. We can’t afford not to do it.
Director of Health Policy
West Virginians for Affordable Health Care