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History of Legislative Action

History of Legislative Action Related to the Opportunities for Working Families Forum

Workin Families LogoThis timeline reflects legislative action in states that have attended the NCSL Opportunities for Working Families Forum from 2003-2014.

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Year Legislative Action
2014
  • Iowa appropriates $195,678 for tax preparation and EITC outreach
  • Iowa appropriated $10,000 to study the efficacy of using software programs to assist low-income persons to file taxes as compared to in-person assistance. Measure vetoed by governor
  • Maryland appropriates $4.5 million to EARN program to continue providing competitive grants for job training
  • Maryland  creates the Summer Career Academy Pilot Program
  • Maryland designates April as Financial Education Month and adds the Secretary of Higher Education on the Financial Education and Capability Commission
  • Nebraska established performance-based budgeting pilot project for the Department of Health and Human Services
  • Nebraska appropriates $10 million to Job Training Fund aimed to assist workers to get high demand, high wage jobs
  • Washington appropriates $234,000 for fiscal year 2014 for asset building coalitions
2013
  • Alabama recognizes the SaveNow WinLater program, which encourages low-income people to save their tax refunds
  • Alabama appropriates $250,000 to Impact Alabama to continue the SaveFirst and Focus First programs
  • Alabama appropriates $100,000 to fund the Starting Strong Pre-K Initiative
  • Colorado allows high school students to take at least one on-line course a year
  • Connecticut authorizes financial institutions to reward savings
  • Iowa appropriates $100,000 to fund individual development account programs
  • Iowa increases the state EITC from 7 to 14 percent
  • Iowa appropriates $195,678 for tax preparation and EITC outreach
  • Kentucky encourages the state board of education to require teaching of financial literacy in every school
  • Maryland offers U.S. Savings Bonds as another savings option for state tax refund recipients
  • Maryland establishes and appropriates $4.5 million for EARN program to provide competitive grants for job training
  • Oregon creates a taskforce to evaluate delivery of human services and streamlining
  • Rhode Island establishes the Council of Economic Advisors to collect and publish data that will inform policy
  • Rhode Island expands eligibility for child care assistance to people who are working with incomes at or below 225 percent of the federal poverty level
  • Tennessee establishes an alternative high school/GED diploma
  • Washington appropriates $234,000 for asset building coalitions
2012
  • Iowa appropriates $195,678 for tax preparation and EITC outreach
  • Maryland legislators, state officials and community leaders hold a press conference to market the split refund option
  • Maryland modifies savings promotions legislation to allow banks to offer the product
  • Maryland appropriates $950,000  to the Small Business Development Center Network Fund
  • Nebraska launches Save to Win (prize-linked savings) initiative.  Ten credit unions are participating, more than 1,300 accounts have been opened, and more than $1 million has been saved as of July 2012.  
  • Washington appropriates $234,000 for asset building coalitions

2011

  • Connecticut will replicate Washington’s model to measure cost effectiveness of public programs with support from the Pew Center on the States

  • Iowa raises the state EITC from 7% to 10% of the federal credit. Measure vetoed by governor

  • Iowa appropriates $195,678 for tax preparation and EITC outreach

  • Maine—Bank on Working Group publishes “Save and Protect Your Money With a Bank or Credit Union” brochure

  • Maryland legislators meet with state officials to market the split refund option

  • Maryland Senator Katherine Klausmeier is appointed by Governor to State Workforce Board

  • Nebraska authorizes financial institutions to reward savings

  • Washington authorizes financial institutions to reward savings

  • Washington appropriates $394,000 for asset building coalitions

  • Washington legislators convene a forum on children in the recession

  • Washington legislation revises manufacturing program to increase competitiveness

2010

  • Hawaii appropriates $670,000 for financial education, IDAs and EITC outreach

  • Iowa appropriates $200,000 for tax preparation and EITC outreach

  • Maine establishes the Bank on Maine Working Group

  • Maine authorizes financial institutions to reward savings

  • Maryland authorizes financial institutions to reward savings

  • Maryland urges their Congressional delegation to change the federal law to allow major banks to offer prize-linked savings products

  • Maryland offers the split refund option to state tax refund recipients for the first time

  • Rhode Island authorizes financial institutions to reward savings

  • Washington provides online application for public benefits, education and training

  • Washington appropriates $438,000 for asset building coalitions

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2009

  • Hawaii appropriates funds for financial education, EITC outreach and IDAs
  • Iowa appropriates $250,000 for IDAs for flood victims
  • Iowa authorizes funds for the study of asset-building strategies,  expansion of EITC outreach, and microenterprise development
  • Indiana creates poverty commission
  • Maryland expands financial literacy commission and begins implementing a pilot financial literacy program
  • Maryland exempts college savings and retirement plans from asset limits; allows split deposit of income tax refunds in savings accounts
  • New Mexico appropriates $250,000 for IDAs and makes high school financial literacy classes count toward graduation
  • Rhode Island exempts EITC payments from asset limits and extends Legislative Commission on Family Income and Asset Building
  • Utah allows IDAs for purchasing assistive technologies for the disabled
  • Washington Working Families Caucus increases to 33 legislators
  • Washington increases funding for asset building coalitions
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2008

  • Indiana raises state EITC from 6% to 9% of the federal credit

  • Iowa appropriates $475,000 for microenterprise and $150,000 for IDAs

  • Iowa makes financial literacy part of K-12 curriculum 

  • Maryland raises the refundable portion of its EITC from 20% to 25% 

  • Maryland creates financial literacy task force and passes foreclosure protections

  • New Mexico appropriates $500,000 for IDAs

  • Utah doubles IDA funding to $100,000

  • Washington enacts tax credit at 5% of federal EITC 

2007

  • Iowa forms Successful Families Caucus and gains support from the Northwest Area Foundation

  • Iowa makes its EITC refundable and expands it from 6.5% to 7% of the federal credit

  • Iowa increases funding for EITC outreach to $250,000

  • Kansas expands its refundable EITC from 15% to 17% of the federal credit

  • Montana reallocates workforce training funds to high-poverty areas

  • New Mexico establishes a refundable EITC at 8% of the federal credit

  • Rhode Island forms Joint Legislative Commission on Family Income and Asset Building

2006

  • Iowa EITC outreach increases $200,000

  • Mississippi introduces predatory lending and financial education legislation 

  • Pennsylvania Family Savings Accounts increase $500,000 

  • Pennsylvania Fresh Food Initiative increases by $10 million 

  • Utah allocates $3.4 million in CCDBG funds for child care slots 

  •  Washington authorizes $618,000 for asset building 

  • Washington authorizes $1 million for IDAs

2005

  • Iowa commits $100,000 in support of EITC (1500 taxpayers served, $2 million increase in return)

  • Kansas passes IDA legislation

  • Pennsylvania appropriates funds for family savings accounts, employment assistance, Fresh Food Initiative, and consumer protection against predatory lending

  • Washington—Pierce County launches asset -building coalition

  • Washington passes IDA legislation

2003-2004

  • Pennsylvania establishes a Task Force on Working Families

  • Pennsylvania governor's budget reflects Task Force recommendations

  • Utah's EITC yields $82 million

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