by Tyronda James
Many state lawmakers and advocates have been pushing to have the New York State child tax credit for families increased; but so far, their voices have been heard but not acted upon.
Governor Kathy Hochul released her proposed budget last month but did not include increases. Neither was there an increase included in the one house proposed budgets released by the New York State Assembly or Senate last week.—Although the Senate plan did include an eligibility expansion to provide benefits to parents of children ages 0-3.
Advocates are not giving up though. Monday Senator Jeremy Cooney (D-Rochester) and local anti-poverty advocates held a press conference, appealing on lawmakers to heed their calls and include increases in the 2024 final budget.
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