State Tax Credits: How States Can Leverage Tax Policy to Alleviate Childhood Poverty



Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Some of the most powerful ways that states can alleviate childhood poverty are through tax policies. Does your state offer a child tax credit or an earned income tax credit?

In this webinar you will learn from experts in state tax policy and the science of the developing child. The webinar covers the evidence connecting state tax credits to outcomes in child health, parental employment, and state budgets. They also discuss legislative progress throughout the country, including how state legislators push for EITCs in their states and why the finer policy details—such as refundability and eligibility— make a big difference.

Recording and Presentation Materials

Download slides: Cynthia Osborne (PDF)

Download slides: Josh McCabe (PDF)

Download slides: Heather O’Loughlin (PPT)

Check out some of our other EITC-related resources:

State Earned Income Tax Credit: An Effective Policy to Improve Child Outcomes 2-pager (PDF)

BLOG: The Earned Income Tax Credit: A Pro-Work, Anti-Poverty Tool for States

CLEARINGHOUSE: State Earned Income Tax Credit Evidence Review

State Policy Lever Checklist: State Earned Income Tax Credit

Implementing a Refundable State Earned Income Tax Credit in South Carolina: A Benefit-Cost Analysis

Implementing a Refundable State Earned Income Tax Credit in Pennsylvania: A Benefit-Cost Analysis

Variation in EITC Generosity and Refundability Across States 1-pager (PDF)

Featured Speakers

(in alphabetical order)

Josh McCabe

Director of Social Policy, Niskanen Center
Josh focuses on issues related to child poverty and household stability. McCabe previously worked as an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Assistant Dean for Social Sciences at Endicott College. McCabe’s work has been featured in the Washington Post, the National Review, the Hill, and more. He has received his B.A. in Political Science from Emmanuel College, his M.A. in Regional Economic and Social Development from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Albany.

Heather O’Loughlin

Executive Director, Montana Budget & Policy Center
Prior to becoming ED, Heather (she/her) served as the co-director and the director of research for the organization. Over the past nine years with the organization, Heather has been part of successful campaigns to expand Medicaid, enact a refundable state EITC, and reform the state’s TANF program. Previously, Heather served as the legislative director and policy advisor for Senator Max Baucus, managing the Senator’s legislative team. She received her juris doctorate from the University of Montana School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in business finance and economics from the University of Montana.

Cynthia Osborne, Ph.D.

Executive Director and Founder, Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Osborne is an appointed member of the National Academies of Sciences Committee to Reduce Child Poverty by Half in Ten Years. Osborne has extensive experience leading long-term evaluations of state and national programs, with the aim of helping organizations understand what works, and how to ensure sustainable implementation of effective policies.

My-Linh Thai

State Representative, WA State House of Representatives
Prior to serving in her current role, she has served as a PTSA parent volunteer and received the Washington State PTA Outstanding Advocate Award in 2013. She was elected as the School Board Director for the Bellevue School District, and later elected by her fellow Board Directors to serve as Vice President of the Washington State School Board Directors Association (WSSDA) in 2017. At the age of 15, My-Linh Thai immigrated to Washington state as a Vietnamese refugee with her family. She is proud to be the first refugee elected to serve in the Washington State House of Representatives.

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