West Virginia activists take to the Statehouse in child tax credit protest

W.Va. activists gather at the Statehouse to pressure Sen. Joe Manchin to pass legislation...
W.Va. activists gather at the Statehouse to pressure Sen. Joe Manchin to pass legislation extending the child tax credit.(Carling McManus, 84 Agency)
Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 9:48 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA) - A coalition of West Virginia activists took to the Statehouse in Charleston Friday, in an effort to pressure Sen. Joe Manchin to extend the federal child tax credit.

The program ended at the end of 2021, making Friday the first time since last July that millions of Americans will miss out on the credit. Lida Shepherd, one of many activists who spoke at Friday’s event is a program director with the American Friends Service Committee. She says it’s not just families who will be impacted.

“These child tax credits that people are receiving, these are dollars that are no longer going to be circulating in local economies,” said Shepherd. “The state legislature is going to have to reckon with that somehow. We’re talking about 500-million dollars that’s no longer going to be circulating in West Virginia.”

The tax credit would have been extended under Pres. Biden’s Build Back Better plan. Manchin blocked its passage late last year.

According to IRS data, more than 300,000 West Virginia children benefited from the credit, and according to Shepherd, at least 50,000 will now be at risk of slipping back into poverty.

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