Montana economists push to make child tax credits permanent
With new data showing the benefits of federal child tax credits, Montana economists are asking the state’s congressional delegation to make the benefit permanent.
Since July, more than 100,000 Montana families with children 17 and younger have received monthly payments of $300 for each child younger than 6 and $250 for each child aged 6 to 17. Nationally, the tax credits are expected to reduce child poverty by half.
Initial Montana delegation support for the child tax credit was limited to U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat. Republicans Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Matt Rosendale voted against ARPA.
Fed money to bolster child care in Montana now available
Child-care providers in Montana can start applying for a share of $31 million in federal funds, meant to bolster their business and make a dent in the state’s shortage of child-care slots.
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