PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 

Climate change is on the radar for rural voters in Iowa. Plus, the Senate impeachment rules.

2020Talks - January 21, 2020 

Candidates attended the Iowa Brown & Black Forum in Des Moines, and answered tough questions about their records on race. It was MLK Day, and earlier many were in South Carolina marching together to the State Capitol.

“Economic Stimulus” Too Many Californians Miss Out On

January 28, 2008

Eureka, CA – Turning the economy around on a dime - a few thousand dollars at a time. That's the aim of the national economic stimulus plan Congress is expected to finish up this week, meant to boost the economy by getting money into the hands of people most likely to spend it quickly and thus put it into circulation.

According to Kari Love, with the Redwoods Incentive Community Help for Economic Security (RICHES) partnership in Northern California, thousands of Californians already have access to cash like that, but may not know it. The partnership is targeting such people in a new campaign to get working families with lower incomes to file for the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit. She says the credit, worth up to $4,000, helps local economies as well as working families.

"That's their food, that's their rent. That's potentially a used car to help them get to work so that they can stay employed, bringing that money back into our communities."

Love says thousands of California families miss out on the credit each year, getting caught instead in high-interest refund anticipation loans in exchange for "free" tax filing assistance. She hopes this year's economic stimulus package will prompt them to consider filing for the tax credit, and says RICHES is encouraging tax filers to do a little research to find the truly free help.

"Go to the free tax preparation sites, but don't take out a refund anticipation loan – even though it's tempting, especially if folks are in a desperate situation."

The RICHES organization includes AARP, the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services, and CalNeva, the California-Nevada Community Action Partnership.

Deborah Smith/John Robinson, Public News Service - CA