Letters to the Editor

Pierce letter: Tax credits

What? Congress did something right? Yep. When Congress passed a tax deal right before the holidays, most headlines did not focus on the critical, vital, and lifesaving lifeline for millions of working families across America. Congress finally made key provisions of pro-work tax credits permanent.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) are some of our country’s most effective programs for helping millions of working Americans out of poverty and hunger. If Congress had again neglected critical provisions of these credits, which were set to expire, 16 million Americans, including 8 million children, would have fallen into or deeper into poverty and hunger. I’m glad to see Congress saved these key EITC and CTC provisions by making them permanent before adjourning. We need to make sure this major step forward for more than 50 million Americans does not get overlooked.

President Barack Obama and Speaker Paul Ryan both support bipartisan efforts to expand the EITC for low-income workers without children. Why? Because it works and it’s the smart, lifesaving thing to do. Poverty is not a choice. Hunger is not a choice. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and we have no control.

Dawn Pierce, Boise