How Changes To The Child Tax Policy Could Benefit Children Living In Poverty

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 11:46am
Updated: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 12:53pm

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The American Rescue Plan did a lot in its attempt to stimulate the American economy a year into the pandemic. But while you might have heard most about direct payments to Americans, or investments in vaccine distribution, another provision buried in the $1.9 trillion bill made important changes to the Child Tax Credit. And it means that, starting this summer, most parents will receive a check each month for each child of up to $300.

While that might seem like just a change to how the tax credit is distributed, it’s what the New York Times calls a “policy revolution,” advancing an idea Democrats have wanted to put in place for decades: A guaranteed income for families with children.

Marcella Gemelli is a sociologist and senior lecturer in the Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. The Show spoke with her more about that idea — and what it could mean for children in poverty.

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Marcella Gemelli in KJZZ's studio in 2017.

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