Expand tax credits for those who need it most

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the most effective anti-poverty programs currently in place in the United States. Maryland's General Assemblyshould act during this legislative session to expand the credit's proven benefits.

Throughout 2015, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and I worked on an initiative we called the "Middle Class Prosperity Project" to examine issues of concern to the middle class and those who aspire to it.

In December, as part of this project, we convened a forum with expert panelists including Kathryn Edin, a Johns Hopkins professor and co-author of "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America," and Robert Greenstein, the head of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities think tank (CBPP), to examine the EITC. These experts detailed how the EITC is now one of the most critical lifelines for Americans living in or at the edge of poverty.