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Commissioner Jones issues statement of support for CalEITC program

News: 2017 Press Release

For Release: February 23, 2017
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Commissioner Jones issues statement of support for CalEITC program
Governor Brown issued proclamation for CalEITC Awareness Week
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued the following statement in support of the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and Governor Brown's proclamation of CalEITC Awareness Week:

"The Earned Income Tax Credit recognizes the importance of work and helps lift working poor Californians out of poverty. I urge Californians to learn about the program and to apply for the state and federal EITC if eligible.

I am very familiar with the program, and know firsthand what a difference it can make in the lives of Californians. As a state assemblymember, I authored legislation to create a state earned income tax credit. The earned income tax credit has enjoyed bipartisan support and was called the most successful anti-poverty program ever by former President Ronald Reagan.

In CalEITC's first year, nearly $200 million was given to the nearly 400,000 California families who received the tax credit. My team will do all we can to continue to support this important program and ensure it is successful in 2017."

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