TRENTON, NJ - On Monday, July 6, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Nia H. Gill, the Anti-Poverty Network and people who are living and working in poverty will gather for a roundtable discussion on what actions need to be taken to ensure that those who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) take advantage of the recently-increased tax break and other initiatives to help the economically disadvantaged in New Jersey.

According to a press release issued by New Jersey Senate Democrats, Governor Christie reduced the EITC from 25 percent to 20 percent in 2010 and had repeatedly rejected legislative attempts to restore the tax cut for the working poor, until this year when he agreed to increase it to 30 percent.

The Legislature approved the recommended change to the bill spomsored by Senator Sweeney on Monday. Anti-poverty advocates now want to ensure that those who qualify take advantage of the newly-increased benefit.

The forum, scheduled to begin at 1:30p.m. on Monday, July 6, will include individuals who will share their stories about struggling to make ends meet.  The session take place at Isaiah’s House, 238 North Munn Street in East Orange.