(From WRHI, Rock Hill)
Expanding the federal Child Tax Credits would help reduce crime in South Carolina according to local law enforcement. Rock Hill Police Chief John Gregory joined Fairfield County Sheriff Herman Young, Sumter Chief of Police Patty Patterson and 16th Circuit Deputy Solicitor Willie Thompson in Rock Hill Wednesday, calling for the expansion of the credits for working families as a way to prevent future crime. Sumter Chief of Police Patty Patterson.
The federa tax credit of 15 percent of earned income, goes up to $1000 per child, for families with children. Right now, families begin to get the credit once they have earned $3000. As enhanced by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act helps 253,000 children in South Carolina.
Deputy Solicitor Willie Thompson.
Most of the violent offenders have one thing in common. They didn’t have the normal background that many people in the United States have. It’s not an excuse for crime. It doesn’t cause it. But it’s one thing they have in common.
US Representative John Spratt joined law enforcement officials at the press conference in Rock Hill. He talked about how support stands for the program in Washington.
It’s got a good deal of bi-partisan support. It’s about children. It’s hard to be against something like that.
Spratt says that the appearance of law enforcement to promote the tax credit shows the program is working.