December 14, 2017 (ARIZONA) — Earlier this month, Jumpstart collaborated with the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) on an op-ed article detailing the devastating impact the Congressional tax bill will have on low- and middle-income families and children in Arizona. This legislation puts working families last, failing to prioritize tax credits for child care, meaningful increases for low-income parents, and healthcare for millions of families. Arizona’s children, and children and families around the country, deserve better. Jumpstart will continue to fight for policies and proposals that put families and children first.
Overall, this bill represents a missed opportunity. Congress could have made the Child Tax Credit fully refundable to provide a boost to low-income working families. Congress could have improved the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit so it doesn’t leave out low-income families who struggle the most with the soaring costs of child care.