Advocacy and Research
The Maryland CASH Campaign advocates for policies on the state and federal level that protect and grow the financial security of Maryland residents. During the 2016 legislative session we followed bills on topics such as asset-building, credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), consumer protection, long-term savings, and other relevant topics.
To view our past legislative victories, click here.
2016 State Policy Efforts: Working to Expand Maryland’s EITC for Childless Workers
For the 2016 legislative session, our priority was to expand Maryland’s Earned Income Tax Credit in the following ways:
- By lowering the age requirement to 18,
- Increasing the income requirement to $23,000, and
- Increasing the State EITC to 100% of the Federal EITC for single filers and 28% for filers with dependents.
The policy (HB 1047/SB 294) would provide an average benefit of $378 to 240,000 low-income workers. Unfortunately, despite widespread support for an expanded EITC in Maryland, the legislature packaged the EITC expansion with a set of tax cuts that caused major disagreements between the chambers. Although the bill did not pass, we built momentum and consensus that this population must be helped. Sign up to join our EITC coalition so we can continue to advocate for a stronger EITC in Maryland!
2016 Federal Policy Efforts: Achieving a Permanent, Expanded Federal EITC
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Maryland CASH Campaign works with a network of state policy groups from around the country as part of CFED’s Asset and Opportunity Initiative.
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