WHAT GEORGIANS ARE SEEING: Local Leaders Praise Biden’s Tax Cut for Georgia Families

August 20, 2021

This week, following the second monthly round of Child Tax Credits hitting Georgia families’ bank accounts, local elected officials praised the tax cut for 91% of Georgia families with children. This tax cut for working families – up to $1,600 per Georgia child through December – is part of the American Rescue Plan, which was passed by Democrats and signed by President Biden earlier this year. More than 2.2 million children stand to benefit from the tax cuts, and experts predict it will lift 171,000 Georgia children out of poverty.

Here’s what local leaders are saying about the tax cuts:

Congresswoman Nikema Williams, Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia, in an Atlanta Voice op-ed (8/20/21):

  • This program is one of the largest-ever single-year tax cuts for families with children in history, putting it among the most significant anti-poverty efforts this country has ever seen
  • The impacts that these tax cuts have already had across the country are extraordinary – child hunger has dropped 24 percent nationwide since the distribution of the first child tax cut in July. 
  • In Georgia alone, our state’s overall child poverty rate will be reduced from 13.6% to 5.9%.
  • Programs like the child tax credit are government working at its best to lift up the most vulnerable among us and give every child the opportunity to thrive.
  • Despite the life-changing benefits of child tax credits for working families across the state, every Georgia Republican running for office in 2022 – from Brian Kemp to the entire GOP Senate field – shamefully opposed these critical tax cuts.

State Rep. Karen Bennett (8/18/21):

  • Biden’s tax cut for middle-class families will provide monthly relief of up to $1,600 per child to the families of more than 2.2 million children in Georgia through December. 

State Rep. Shea Roberts (8/17/21):

  • President Biden’s middle class tax cuts are making a huge difference for working Georgia families. In Georgia alone, our state’s overall child poverty rate will be reduced from 13.6% to 5.9%. 
  • That is generational leadership. 

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Congresswoman Nikema Williams at the DNC Build Back Better tour in Atlanta (8/16/21):

  • 11Alive: “During the visit, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Congresswoman Nikema Williams highlighted President Biden and Georgia Democratic leaders’ wins, including job creation and the child tax credit.” 
  • Mayor Bottoms: “At the end of the day, the people in Atlanta and throughout this state aren’t looking at Democrats, they aren’t looking at Republicans — they just want things done, and they want things delivered to our communities.” 


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