What They’re Reading: Local Media Across Arizona Highlights How Democrats Delivered With Biden’s Child Tax Cut, No Thanks to Republicans
PHOENIX –– Starting today, the families of 1.5 million Arizona children will feel some much-needed tax relief thanks to their first monthly Child Tax Credit payment from President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan.
This expanded and advanced child tax credit—which is expected to benefit nearly all working families in the state of Arizona—passed without the support of a single Republican, and Arizonans are reading about it in their local news.
See below for local coverage:
“People will notice this,” Congressman Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., said at a recent news conference. “When this money goes to families, it goes to their kids. And most importantly, it will help the economy.”
“This is a benefit that is really, really needed by so many,” CEO Ginger Ward said. It’s in line with programs that aim to reduce poverty by providing families with direct cash payments, she said.
Gilbert resident Lori Ament said she and her husband both work full time to support themselves and their 5-year-old son and are getting by. But not much more.
“We can barely afford child care which my son needed, and some regular doctors’ appointments, which meant medical care copays,” Ament said. “And I didn’t have the time or money to address my own mental health needs, and I have to work full time to even make that work.”
“If you look at changes in tax policy in Arizona and the country, this is a really strong policy response to benefit lower-income families and children,” said Andrew Sugrue, assistant director of policy and advocacy for The Arizona Center for Economic Progress.
“Our families need it. Period. Across the board, regardless of your income,” she said. “The U.S. is behind other countries in supporting families.”
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“One of the best things about the tax credit is that it’s immediately available and usable for low-income families needing extra help due to challenges like job loss, health emergencies or eviction,” said Michelle Crow, Southern Arizona director of the Children’s Action Alliance, a nonprofit agency that works on behalf of Arizona families.
If you have kids, your bank account may be a little fatter today. Child Tax Credit payments go out July 15 to potentially 39 million families, benefitting an estimated 1.5 million children. It’s part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed by Congress earlier this year. And experts say it could have a massive impact on child poverty — even reducing it by half.
The administration says the American Rescue Plan is projected to lift more than five million kids out of poverty this year, cutting child poverty by more than half.
Children’s Action Alliance President and CEO David Lujan, referencing Arizona state data, said 112,000 children will be lifted above the poverty line with the credits. “Nearly 1.5 million Arizona children overall will stand to benefit just from the child tax credit provision alone.”
“This is a real game-changer. This is the Biden administration’s plan to fight childhood poverty,” according to Arizona Representative Charlene Fernandez.
“I think many parents can’t get back to work because of childcare costs we know that it costs a lot to get kids into childcare, this money can be used for childcare, it can be used to put food on the table, it can help with rent, mortgage payments, so it will help our working families and I’m very excited about what it will do for families right here in Yuma County,” Fernandez explained.
An expanded federal child tax credit that was part of the American Rescue Plan approved by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden earlier this year is intended to help families deal with the unforeseen financial challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and combat child poverty.