I was happy to see the penetrating and thoughtful letter ("Don't give up," The Astorian, Oct. 5).
More than half of all U.S. income growth has gone to the top 1% since 1976. Because of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the richest 1% of households (making $1.8 million per year) receive on average about $47,000 in annual tax cuts, while those with the lowest income (making $13,000 annually) receive on average, $90 (taxallianceforeconomicmobility.org).
Substantial research shows that income from the time-tested Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) benefit struggling working families and their children throughout their lives: improved infant and maternal health, better math and reading scores, increased school attendance, less alcohol and drug use, higher earnings in the next generation, etc.
The Working Families Tax Relief Act would help level the growing wealth gap by expanding the already successful EITC and CTC. Our legislators need to support this bill in any upcoming tax legislation.
DONNA SCHINDLER MUNRO