Initiative

Scaling Solutions for Workers

Advancing public policies proven to boost earnings for America's working families.
Overview

Economic Stability & Growth

Better economic policy choices can ensure that all low-wage, adult workers in the United States can meet their basic needs and find a path to a better future.

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  • 30

    jurisdictions, 29 states, and the District of Columbia have state EITCs

  • 9 million

    women of color had their incomes boosted by the federal EITC in 2019

  • 10.6million

    Americans have been lifted above the poverty line by the federal EITC and CTC

 

Policies that work for working families

Research indicates that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) successfully boost earnings for low-wage workers, while generating substantial benefits in the areas of health, education, and quality of life. Combined, EITC and CTC have lifted more Americans out of poverty than any other program except Social Security.

 
Our Approach

We are building the case for evidence-based policies and pragmatic solutions that address rapidly changing needs of the workforce – advancing solutions that work for America’s workers.

Impact in Action at the State Level

Twenty-nine states and DC currently have state EITCs.

The Foundation piloted EITC/CTC education and outreach programs in California and Maine. Early results indicate that three million households are expected to be recipients of the California EITC for the 2019 tax year, a 50 percent increase from the two million that claimed the credit during the previous year, and an estimated 102,000 households will benefit from the Maine EITC, which is up by nearly 20 percent from 2018. 

At the state level, the Foundation will reach more than 4.6 million people by replicating this effort in at least eight states. In addition to California and Maine, work is already underway in four more states: Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, and Washington.

 
 

Impact Nationwide

In order to extend the outreach into all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and also raise awareness about the impact of the federal EITC/CTC, the Foundation also works with several national organizations. If improvements were made alongside the doubling of the credits at the federal level, it would provide $134 billion in tax relief for 67 million people in five years.

To achieve our policy goals, we’re applying an integrated strategy that includes:

Investing in the capacity of policy organizations and coalitions that seek to improve economic stability for workers at both the state and national levels

Promoting the use of data to inform legislation and measure impact

Leveraging tech-enabled innovation designed for the end-user to increase access, improve quality, and yield better outcomes

Investing in social and behavioral science to understand how policies can lead to economic stability

  • It is about a level playing field. It is about giving folks the tools that they need to not just stay above water, but to actually build something for the long term for themselves and the next generation.
    Pedro Morillas
    State Campaigns Director Economic Security Project
Milestone Tracking

Our Goals

Raising awareness about the impact of expanding and modernizing proven economic policies like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC).

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  • 4.6million

    workers reached at the state and local levels

  • 67million

    working families impacted at the federal level

  • $134billion

    doubling the current credits will make $134 billion available to America’s workers

Recent Updates

Dec 18 2019
Blog Post
Fighting poverty by modernizing the tax filing system
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Feb 25 2020
Press Releases
The Rockefeller Foundation Announces $65 Million Investment in America’s Working Families
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Nov 27 2018
Blog Post
Modernizing Tax Credits to Provide True Economic Security
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