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Tax Credits for the Poor

September 19, 2006

Poor working families in New York City may soon find relief. In a press conference held on Monday, Mayor Bloomberg announced a plan offering tax credits to poor families to offset child care costs. There is also a plan to initiate a cash rewards program for poor people to encourage them to stay in school and receive preventative medical care. This cash rewards program would be the first of its kind in the nation, although similar programs exist in other countries. Joel Berg, Executive Director of the Coalition Against Hunger was quoted in The New York Times saying he was disappointed that the report did not offer “particular strategies to address city polocies that continue to increase hunger.” He was also quoted in an article, for Newsday saying, “we consider this report a down payment on more concrete proposals, including ideas focused on the removal of these obstacles to basic work supports.”Other antipoverty advocates agreed with Berg. They fear that focusing on working poor families and young adults will cause other poor populations to be ignored.

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