Behind the Bill: Cutting the EITC

Posted March 11, 2011
Updated March 28, 2011

The federal Earned Income Tax Credit has a long Republican pedigree.  First advanced by Nixon, it was signed into law by Ford, and expanded by Reagan, who called it "the best anti-poverty, the best pro-family, the best job creation measure to come out of Congress."  Patricia Evans-Carpenter Behind the Bill: Cutting the EITC

The state's version of the program is just a fraction of the federal credit.  It goes to more than 400,000 low-income working families in NC. But some GOP lawmakers say it's a "transfer of wealth" the state can't afford in a tough budget year.  

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  • letssee Mar 16, 2011

    It is NOT cutting when they get back money and pay in nothing.

  • djcalaska Mar 15, 2011

    Two words come to mind. TAX REFORM. Supporting one person on $15,000. a year is tough enough. Supporting a family on that same amount is unrealistic. The tax laws (fed and state) are so convoluted the average person cannot fill in the blanks. It's kind of like fixing an old car. Change out the parts and make them fit so it continues to run. Eventually, it cost more to keep it running than it will give back. Subsidizing is out of control.

  • driverkid3 Mar 14, 2011

    If I am not mistaken, the EITC is not taken from the persons income, it is money that is GIVEN to them on top of other taxcredits, and only goes to some people. I had tried to claim it when I was working for minimum wage, and was told that because I had no kids, I didn't "qualify" for it.

  • atticush Mar 14, 2011

    Come on folks, there is a new sheriff in town. Actually there are two, and Sheriff Tillis and Sheriff Berger ain't got time to listen about no po' people. They have a "man-date" to further enrich the rich and boobdoggle for the insurance industry. Get used to the new reality in Raleigh. Right after they complete the War on the Poor, next up will be the dismantiling of universal education in this state. Get ready for The Great Republicon War on Teachers.

  • rwkster Mar 14, 2011

    Looking at the geographic and socioeconomic makeup of the state, it's amazing to see how targeted the state EITC has been and the people like Ms. Carpenter that it has helped. It would be terrible to take that away from people who barely have enough to get by. I cannot imagine having a family and making 15,000 a year.

    Check out this county by county break down of how the EITC affects North Carolina families:


  • tonia218 Mar 12, 2011

    I completly agree with the statements that mrs carpenter discussed and i think that more people should get involved with the things that go on in they're community.People should also try to give back to they're community as well.