Even with some caveats, the early results should crystallize for lawmakers what was already clear with the expanded child tax credit: Now is not the time to be abandoning a proven poverty and hunger reduction tool.
Millions of families across the country benefited from the expanded credit. According to the progressive Maine Center for Economic policy, about four out of five Maine kids live in households benefiting from it. An overwhelming amount of the families receiving it say they used the money to pay for necessities. And that’s at a time when many of those necessities are costing them more.