Oregon House Votes to Boost Support for Low-Income Families with Young Children
HB 4110 Expands the Earned Income Tax Credit for families with kids under the age of three, builds on historic vote to raise Oregon’s minimum wage.
The Oregon House of Representatives has voted to expand the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) – one of the most effective anti-poverty programs in the country. House Bill 4110, which passed on a bipartisan vote of 54-4, would increase Oregon’s EITC match for families with children under the age of three from 8% of the federal credit to 11%. This boost for low-income families is expected to help approximately 58,000 Oregonians. By specifically targeting low-income families with young children, HB 4110 will provide much needed support for families who are struggling to pay for child care and other basic needs while also going to work and trying to maintain family stability.
HB 4110 builds upon last week’s historic vote to increase Oregon’s minimum wage. According to testimony submitted by the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, raising the minimum wage and strengthening the EITC are “the twin pillars of making work pay for families that earn low wages.”
In addition to support for HB 4110, the Speaker has advocated for $10 million to fund this expansion of Oregon’s EITC program.
“We are making a serious effort to reduce poverty and address extreme income inequality in Oregon,” says Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer of Portland, Chair of the Housing and Human Services Committee. “We still have much more work to do, but expanding the EITC for families with young kids is a smart step to help thousands of families who need support right now.”