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Move Over, Bezos – Jul 16, 2021




While working families are struggling to provide for their children, the super-rich are lining up to pay $25 million for a space jaunt with Jeff Bezos.

Here on Earth, American children are getting some help thanks to the American Rescue Plan’s expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC). In Pennsylvania, 2.4 million children will benefit from the expanded CTC, a third of whom were not fully eligible before. 

This expansion of the CTC isn’t just a response to the economic chaos many families endured because of COVID job loss; it’s a powerful initiative to cut child poverty by almost half. Of course workers in hourly-wage and service jobs were the hardest hit by the shutdowns so this change is definitely timely, but it’s much-needed even without the pandemic backdrop.

The really good thing about this reform is that more families will qualify for the tax credit. Lower earners can get the full tax credit, benefitting 892,000 more PA childrenFamilies also don’t have to wait until tax time to get a refund – an automatic monthly deposit started yesterday. 

The bad thing about this reform is that it’s only temporary, risking families slipping back into poverty.

Poverty is bad for kids in so many ways, especially stunting their ambition and opportunity. A future inventor or scientist could be a child that grew up healthy and happy because her/his/their parents had those extra dollars for life’s essentials. Not $25 million of course but enough that a child’s hopes can reach the stars. 

It’s baseball season so step up to the plate for kids! Be in the game by making sure PCCY has your info so every time a kids’ issue is at bat in Harrisburg or DC, you’ll help us make it a home run

Update your “player stats” here.


A Utah company produced a gun covered in Legos to look like a toy at a time when unintentional shootings among children rose 30% in the past year. Lego has issued a cease-and-desist order. Read more.


[PLS SHARE] Only $25 for a weeklong online coding camp for kids in Southeastern PA. Three different camps, many different weeks to pick from. Details and registration here.

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“The only way you grow and attract and retain young families is by ensuring that they have an equitable quality educational opportunity.” 

Beaver County Commissioner Jack Manning