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Supplement Food Stamp Benefit
February 16, 2016

HB445-Food Stamp Program – Minimum Benefit – State Supplement
This legislation requires the State to provide a specified supplement to a household that receives a federally funded benefit in an amount less than $30 per month under the food stamp program.  To read Advocates for Children and Youth’s testimony, click here.

Advocates for Children and Youth Facebook entry:

SNAP benefits facebook entry

April 10, 2016

The amended bill passed in the Senate and the House, allowing the increase only for seniors, 62 years and above.

May 27, 2016

The bill becomes law without the Governor’s signature.

Earned Income Tax Credit
February 17, 2016
Altering the percentage of the federal earned income credit used for determining the amount that specified individuals may claim as a refund under the Maryland earned income credit under specified circumstances; altering the calculation of the Maryland earned income tax credit to allow specified individuals without qualifying children to claim an increased credit; applying the Act to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015.
To read our testimony, click here.

April 10, 2016
ACY joined a coalition supporting increases in the EITC as well as allowing single workers 21 and over without qualifying children to participate.  The bill failed as it became part of a tax package that did not gain enough votes in the Senate or House.

Equal Pay Legislation

As part of a coalition which advanced the Women’s Economic Agenda, ACY provided testimony and participated in press conferences.

April 10, 2016

This legislation passed and was signed into law by the Governor.