As the federal "
A recent analysis by the nonpartisan Urban Institute found that nearly 120,000 Maryland children live with an unemployed parent — about triple the population of
Maryland's need for the
In 2011, 395,000 hard-working Marylanders claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on their federal returns. This credit, averaging about $2,200, helps parents buy the necessities from local businesses for the ever-changing needs of their growing children.
Maryland's children are at the edge of the fiscal cliff. Marylanders know it. So do the Maryland lawmakers who have stepped up to protect our children. For instance, Sen.
The bottom line is this: If
But some of the "solutions" proposed to avoid the fiscal cliff would also harm kids. For example, the budget plan passed by the
That's why it's so important for every Maryland parent to send a clear message to Congress: Don't scapegoat kids. Yes, the federal government has serious budget problems, but kids didn't create them. And denying children an adequate education, health care and child care they need to grow and thrive, basic nutrition, and a way out of poverty — the basic building blocks of successful adult lives — is the wrong way to solve them.
Rebecca Wagner is executive director of Advocates for Children and Youth. Bruce Lesley is president of First Focus Campaign for Children.