skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Friday, June 21, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Expert warns of upcoming threats to democracy across the nation; Judge in Trump documents case rejects suggestions to step aside; NC businesses fear effects of 'bathroom bill'; Report says restaurants allow abuse, disease risk at MD animal farms.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

A congresswoman celebrates Biden protections for mixed status families, Louisiana's Ten Commandments law faces an inevitable legal challenge, and a senator moves to repeal the strict 19th century anti-obscenity and anti-abortion Comstock Act.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Rural educators say they need support to teach kids social issues, rural businesses can suffer when dollar stores come to town, prairie states like South Dakota are getting help to protect grasslands and a Minnesota town claims the oldest rural Pride Festival.

Groups Push Congress to Make Child Tax Credit Permanent

play audio
Play

Friday, July 23, 2021   

PHOENIX -- Starting this week, most Arizona families with children are seeing extra money in their bank accounts, and more than 1.5 million Arizona kids will benefit.

The new monthly payments of $250 to $300 per child, per family, are part of an expanded federal Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan Congress approved in March.

The money can be used for anything families need; groceries, rent, utility bills, or childcare.

Ilana Lowery, Arizona director for the nonprofit Common Sense, said the only problem with the plan is, it expires at the end of this year.

"We really want to urge Congress to extend those benefits because after six months, if it goes away at the end of the year, what happens then?" Lowery questioned. "We want Congress to include a permanent extension in the upcoming American Family Plan."

President Joe Biden has proposed extending the tax credit through 2025 as part of his American Families Plan. Republicans say the plan is too expensive and would put taxpayer dollars at risk for fraud or improper payments.

A Census Bureau survey last month found one-third of Arizona families with children were having problems paying their bills, 15% often didn't have enough to eat, and 12% said they were behind on their rent.

Lowery pointed out an expanded Child Tax Credit especially helps families living at or below the poverty line.

"Children that grow up in poverty, even for short periods of time, they have such long-term consequences; I mean, emotional stress, poor health," Lowery outlined. "This is a big deal, and this money can help families rise up out of poverty."

Congress is currently negotiating with the White House over which items will be included in the American Families Plan.

Disclosure: Coalition on Human Needs contributes to our fund for reporting on Budget Policy & Priorities, Census, Children's Issues, and Poverty Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


get more stories like this via email
more stories
The 2024 Summer U.S. Conference of Mayors in Kansas City, Mo., will be under the leadership of its president, Mayor Hillary Schieve of Reno, Nev., and host Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas.
(SeanPavonePhoto/Adobe Stock)

play sound

Some Michigan mayors are out of the office this week - but still working for their cities. They're at the 92nd meeting of the United States …


Social Issues

play sound

Summer is here, but some Wisconsin households juggling higher consumer costs and other basic needs might feel like a vacation is out of reach…

Social Issues

play sound

An interim North Dakota legislative committee this week got an update from state leaders on potential moves to reconnect kids in foster care with thei…


Social Issues

play sound

More employers are offering benefits to adoptive parents, according to a new survey by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The amount of paid …

About a quarter of Americans hold unfavorable views of both former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden. (Christian Delbert/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

The Arizona Court of Appeals recently dismissed a case brought by Republican Arizona attorney general candidate Abraham Hamadeh, Republican Cochise …

Social Issues

play sound

North Carolina's business community is alarmed after Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson praised the controversial House Bill 2, known as the "Bathroom Bill," at …

Social Issues

play sound

Members of the group Radical Elders are participating in a Chicago tech conference this weekend to explain the impact of technology on older Americans…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021