A new report warns that the looming withdrawal of pandemic-era aid for childcare could hurt children and families.
Pandemic tax credits have dried up, like the temporary expansion of the child tax credit and the earned income tax credit.
The supplemental poverty rate fell to its lowest since 2009. Children living in poverty fell by almost half.
There are a lot of benefits to making school lunch and other social benefits more universal. But, yes, it's expensive to do.
It's been especially important to low-income families and families of color.
Early studies find that the enhanced credit reduced childhood poverty and food insufficiency.
Some 6 million returns from last year have yet to be processed. Delays could snowball for seasons to come.
The payments typically came through about this time, but not this month. Some families had come to depend on that extra money.
The one-year program increased payments and expanded eligibility to the poorest families. Congress has not moved to extend those changes.
The expansion of the child tax credit was temporary and will expire at the end of the year unless Congress votes to extend it.