Financial Stability-Promoting financial stability and independence:
LAUW supports measures that:
Strengthen workforce development programs and expand job training and work-based learning
Protect and expand the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and increase access to the tax credits through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance grant program
EITC is an effective economic tool for ALICE households and other families working hard to make ends meet. According to the ALICE Report for Louisiana, 51 percent of households struggle to make ends meet.
LAUW supports the expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit. An increase in the state EITC match would partially offset the increased state tax for low-to-moderate income workers.
These working tax credits are designed to help Louisiana farm workers, home health aides, teaching assistants, janitors, cashiers, and more continue to work and provide for their families. Research finds that during the 1990s, EITC expansions actually did more to raise employment among single mothers than welfare reform.
EITC helps low-to-moderate income workers living in rural, suburban, and urban areas. Access to EITC translates into immediate spending, by qualified workers, often due to urgent and looming financial needs. This economic activity also invests money back into local economies throughout Louisiana.
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Strengthen SNAP, child nutrition programs, and other nutrition-related income supports