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1.1 million Minnesota children could qualify for expanded tax credit


March 22, 2021

J. Scott Applewhite - Associated Press

Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., arrives at the Capitol on Feb. 10, 2021.

Brianna Roan has clipped coupons and relied on free meals from her three sons' schools to feed them while distance learning at home. Then there are the constant expenses, like special $70 shoes for her 15-month-old daughter with spina bifida.

Normally, it would take the Fridley mom up to a month to afford to fix the flat tire she got the other week. But her stimulus payment arrived just in time. And as soon as July, Roan could start getting monthly checks for her four children. They're among an estimated 1.126 million Minnesota kids to benefit from an expanded child tax credit in the recent $1.9 trillion federal stimulus package.

The benefit marks a monumental policy shift, inching the country closer to a guaranteed universal income - at least temporarily. An estimated 88% of children in Minnesota under age 18 will benefit, according to the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.


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