BANGOR — Some Mainers are urging Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King to support making the expanded child tax credit included in President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan permanent.
The now-temporary tax credit means that starting in July, Maine families with children under the age of 17 will be eligible to receive up to $3,600 per child.
On Monday, protestors made their voices heard outside the federal building in Bangor, sharing their own experiences of growing up in poverty and saying such a tax credit would make a difference in their lives.
“We had to get a lot of clothes and toys from the trash that other people would leave by the curb and I thought that was normal,” said Robert Laraway of the Maine People’s Alliance.
“My mom really had to push herself to make sure we had what we needed so we wouldn’t go hungry, so she could have enough money for rent. I can only imagine what a tax credit like this would have meant for our family growing up,” he said.
Protestors are urging Maine senators to “do the right thing and support making the expanded tax credit permanent.”
The Maine People’s Alliance said the tax credit is expected to cut poverty by a third and child poverty by half.