I'm waiting to testify before the legislature's Finance Committee on the Governor's revenue proposal, respectfully urging the committee to reject the proposed cut to Connecticut's Earned Income Tax Credit. More than 40 supporters have signed on to CAHS' testimony.
Four members of Mothers for Justice in New Haven came to Hartford to testify:
They had to leave around 2, but before they did they shared their thoughts and experiences with me, and I'll mention in my testimony.
Carla and Tiffany worked last year as Certified Nurse's Assistants and used their EITC to pay down utility bills, for groceries, and school uniforms for their kids.
"Towards the end of the year especially, you look at your bills, and what each of your kids need, and you count on that tax payment," said Carla, who has two teenagers.
"We count on this for food, gas, to pay down bills," Neva added. "It helps a lot of people out."
The four agreed that the EITC helps local businesses. "You see a lot more people out this time of year," Carla said.
CAHS assisted with more than 10,000 tax returns last year with our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Forty-four percent of filers surveyed said they'd use their returns to pay monthly bills. In 2011 more than 180,000 households claimed the state credit.
Visit connecticuteitc.org to tell your story or learn more about Connecticut's EITC.