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Sat., Aug. 9, 2014, midnight

Support child tax credits

I’ve been visiting Spokane and Cheney to help pack up and move my Eastern Washington University student after graduation. I read the article by your Shawn Vestal, “Gains made by kids eclipsed by poverty.”

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers could do a lot for this area economically, and lift families out of poverty, by co-sponsoring HR 2116. This bill would expand and protect the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. Conservative hero President Ronald Regan loved this tax credit because not only did it lift so many people out of poverty, it boosted local economies. Indeed, no other tax incentive has boosted so many out of poverty except Social Security.

Kids benefit so much from these tax incentives. They do better in school and are more likely to go to college. My kiddo I’m helping move just graduated from Eastern and got a job in her field within two weeks, and I attribute some of her success to our family having access to these helpful tax credits.

Constituents here should pressure McMorris Rodgers to step up for kids and the economy by co-sponsoring HR 2116.

Diana Tyree-Eddy

Hansville, Wash.

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