To the editor:
I am writing to state my opposition to the proposed reduction of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) being considered by the Kansas Legislature. In doing so I am concurring with the statement passed unanimously by the Presbytery of Northern Kansas of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) representing 67 churches in 33 counties stretching from Colorado border to Missouri. First Presbyterian and West Side Presbyterian Churches of Lawrence are members of this presbytery and are partners with Ecumenical Campus Ministries at KU of which I am associated.
The EITC is one of the most successful resources in lifting working families out of poverty and allowing them to provide added income for their families. The EITC is a refundable income tax and has made it possible for low-income families to maintain financial stability. The proposed legislation would reduce EITC and not be refundable. This proposal lowers taxes for higher income families and increases taxes for families making $25,000 or less annual income.
To prevent this from occurring is in keeping with the Christian and Jewish faith traditions to “loosen the bounds of injustice; to love our neighbor; and to ensure that the benefits of economic activity flow equitably to all people, not to a privileged few.” (Presbytery of Northern Kansas Statement on EITC)