Economic Security

Protecting Programs Kids Need

Because many Arkansas jobs pay wages that are too low to meet the needs of families, many full-time working families in the state live in poverty. About a quarter of the kids in Arkansas grow up in poverty and rely on social safety net programs, such as Medicaid or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly “Food Stamps”) to meet basic needs. Protecting these types of programs means protecting the futures and aspirations of all kids in Arkansas.

Helping Working Families Keep More of What They Earn

We can do more than just protect programs that help our kids succeed. We can demand more on their behalf. A state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) would allow low-income working families to keep more of what they earn and move up the income ladder. An EITC is proven to have long-term benefits for children’s health, educational outcomes, and even future career options and job security. The EITC is a straightforward way to help low-income families that also helps address the regressive nature of our state tax system. When all taxes are considered, including income, property and sales taxes, the top 1% pay less as a share of their income than those with lower incomes.

AR Child Poverty Rates by County