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June 22, 2021

Child Tax Credit expansion could drop child poverty in Florida, experts say [WPTV]

This post was last updated on September 29, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

Forrest Saunders writes:

"TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Child poverty could be drastically reduced if Floridians take advantage of the Child Tax Credit expansion. That's according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

The Florida Policy Institute highlighted the findings this week as the White House pushed the state and nation to check eligibility [emphasis added].

'An estimated 65.6 million American children will benefit from improvements to the CTC," the institute said [emphasis added] in a statement. "Including roughly half of all Black and Latino children, whose families (along with other families of color) are disproportionately employed in low-wage jobs because of historic and ongoing discriminatory policies and practices.'"

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