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Permanently Expanding the Child Tax Credit Can Make Generational Change

Originally published on The Brink. In 2021, Congress used the American Rescue Plan Act to dramatically expand the Child Tax Credit (CTC), which provides tax credits based on income level […]

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Mid-year budget cuts prevent planned increase to MA cash assistance

Balancing budgets should not come on the backs of our poorest families.   Earlier this month, the Healey-Driscoll Administration announced mid-year budget cuts that will prevent a planned increase to the […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Statement on Child Tax Credit Agreement

This week, Congressional leaders announced a bipartisan Child Tax Credit agreement that prioritizes families with low incomes and is estimated to lift 400,000 children out of poverty this year. The […]

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2023 Year in Review

2023 was a special year for Children’s HealthWatch: we not only celebrated 25 years of advancing racially equitable and inclusive policies that support young children and families but our research […]

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Remarks from Gloria Cabrera on the impact of expanded family tax credits during the Healthy Families Tax Credits Coalition celebratory event November 8, 2023

On November 8, 2023, the Healthy Families Tax Credits Coalition, led by Children’s HealthWatch, hosted an event at the Massachusetts State House celebrating the expansion of family tax credits. Bill […]

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Governor Healey Signs First Tax Cuts in More Than 20 Years

Originally published on Mass.gov. Charlotte Bruce, Senior Research and Policy Analyst at Children’s HealthWatch and leader of the Healthy Families Tax Credits Coalition:  “The landmark expansion of the Earned Income […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Statement on Child Poverty & Averting a Government Shutdown

This month, the U.S. Census Bureau released new data that showed the rate of children living in poverty more than doubled in 2022, from 5.2% in 2021 to 12.4% in […]

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Testimony in support of An Act establishing basic needs assistance for Massachusetts immigrant residents and An Act to lift kids out of deep poverty

Chair Kennedy, Chair Livingstone and distinguished members of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities: Thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony on behalf of Children’s […]

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We cut child poverty to historic lows, then let it rebound faster than ever before

Originally published on Vox. When we talk about child poverty, we’re talking about parents being unsure whether they’ll be able to keep up with their utility bills enough for their kids […]

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This Republican senator wants an expanded child tax credit — with work requirements

Originally published on NPR. An unusual thing happened a couple of years ago: nearly 3 million children in the United States were lifted out of poverty. That’s because of an expansion […]