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Hernandez Joins Efforts to Expand Tax Relief and Child Care Assistance for Working Families

03/09/2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –State Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez, D-Cicero, member of the Latino Caucus, is fighting to ensure measures that expand economic opportunity for working families are prioritized, by supporting legislation that would expand tax relief and child care assistance.

“We need to prioritize the needs of hardworking middle class families,” said Hernandez. “By increasing tax credits, we can help working families keep more of what they earn, and by expanding child care assistance we can make it easier for parents to go to work and enroll at their local colleges so they can advance their careers.”

Hernandez is sponsoring House Bill 2475, which would increase the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by 2% every year over the next five years. The measure is part of the economic reform agenda introduced by House Democrats. Hernandez and her colleagues are pushing for reforms that lift up working families while helping businesses grow and expand the state’s economy. According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, every $1 returned to taxpayers through the EITC generates between $1.50 and $2 in economic activity.

Hernandez is also sponsoring House Bill 721, which would raise the qualifying income level for households seeking child care assistance. Under this plan, the Department of Human Services’ Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) would raise its current qualifying income level from 162% of the federal poverty level to 185%. The proposed expansion aims to fix the damage caused by the Governor’s changes which resulted in thousands of families becoming ineligible for assistance.

“I will continue fighting for working families by supporting legislation that expands economic opportunity and ensures upward mobility,” said Hernandez. “I urge the Governor to work with us so we can continue to improve the lives of all Illinois residents.”

State Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez is a member of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus and represents the 24th District, which includes Cicero, Little Village, Berwyn, Brookfield, Riverside, and Stickney.


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