MADISON – Last night, Wisconsin State Treasurer and candidate for U.S. Senate Sarah Godlewski hosted a virtual roundtable with parents from across the state about the difference the expanded child tax credit has made in their lives — and their disappointment that Congress let it expire. The Wisconsin parents said that the tax credit helped them pay for groceries, pay for diapers, and avoid having to choose between paying the mortgage or paying for daycare.
January 14th will be the first time in six months that working families will not receive a check through the expanded child tax credit after Washington politicians went home for the holidays instead of voting to extend the program. By allowing the tax credit to expire, nearly 10 million children are at risk of falling back below the poverty line.
“The expanded child tax credit was a game-changer for hundreds of thousands of working families here in Wisconsin, and Washington’s failure to extend it will keep Wisconsinites up at night,” said State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski. “We need a Senator who will always put our workers and families ahead of the corporate interests who already have way too much power. When I’m in the U.S. Senate, I’ll never back down in the fight for Wisconsin’s working families.”
In December, Godlewski called for Congress to return to Washington and take action so working families wouldn’t be left in the lurch. The expanded child tax credit has provided thousands of Wisconsin’s working families much-needed tax relief, lowered household costs, and lifted tens of thousands of Wisconsin children out of poverty.