Working Families: Solutions for Paying the Bills

Through the What If Project, Children’s HealthWatch is providing real and specific models of better policy futures, working toward our vision of a future where all children’s basic needs are met, sustaining their health and enabling them to reach their potential. For this brief, Children’s HealthWatch asked, “What if we raised the Massachusetts Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to 50 percent of the federal credit?” 
Utilizing economic simulation models, Children’s HealthWatch found that raising the Massachusetts EITC to 50 percent from its current level of 23 percent of the federal credit will help families pay for basic living expenses and afford a stable home in many cities and towns across the Commonwealth. To learn more about the impact raising the state EITC will have on families’ ability to pay rent in cities and towns in Massachusetts, click the link below.