State senator proposes $600 state tax credit to try to address ‘devastation that this pandemic has brought’

State Sen. Mike Simmons and Janet Soto, a resident of his Senate district, attend a news conference on Wednesday.

State Sen. Mike Simmons and Janet Soto, a resident of his Senate district, attend a news conference about a proposed $600-per-child state tax credit on Wednesday. | Rachel Hinton/Chicago Sun-Times

Simmons’ first bill, which he introduced last month, would provide a $600 state-level child tax credit for individuals who earn $40,000 a year and for those making $60,000 a year who file their taxes jointly. The bill would provide $600 per child.

Hoping to help working parents hit hard economically, newly appointed state Sen. Mike Simmons on Wednesday pitched legislation that would provide parents a $600 tax credit per child that he argues will help undo “the damage of this pandemic.”

Simmons’ first bill, which he introduced last month, would provide a $600 state-level child tax credit for individuals who earn $40,000 a year and for those making $60,000 a year who file their taxes jointly. The bill would provide $600 per child.

“This is really best targeted at our single moms and single dads and working parents all across the 7th District,” Simmons said, referring to the North Side area he represents in the Illinois Senate. “This legislation will help to bring relief to our working families and ensure that we have a long-term solution that undoes the damage of this pandemic.

“In the wake of a year that has imposed so many anxieties and so much grief, and so many heavy burdens on our parents and our young people in particular, COVID-19 has fallen hard upon children in the way we may not fully realize for years to come.”

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The credit would be a permanent change to the state’s income tax code.

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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