Fiscal Cliff Decision Critical to WIC Community

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Middle-Class Tax Cut Extension Vital for WIC Families and Program Staff

The extension of the middle-class tax cuts will support working poor WIC families as well as WIC Program personnel.

As the nation is knee-deep in “fiscal cliff” negotiations, the National WIC Association supports extending the middle-class tax cuts and allowing high-income tax cuts to expire. This is a children-first WIC agenda social justice priority.

The decision on “fiscal cliff” tax cuts will strongly impact the WIC community including service providers and WIC mothers and children. “The extension of the middle-class tax cuts will support working poor WIC families as well as WIC Program personnel,” said Rev. Douglas A. Greenaway, President and CEO of the National WIC Association. It is expected, that if the middle-class tax cuts are allowed to expire, a typical middle-class family of four would see its taxes rise by $2,200. That means less money to buy groceries, fill prescriptions, clothe children, cover housing costs, meet transportation expenses, or pay for school supplies. It means that for America’s working poor and middle-class families, tougher choices will be inevitable.

At the same time, if the tax cuts for high-income earners are not allowed to expire and they are instead extended, there is the significant risk of offsetting cuts to entitlement and discretionary programs, including WIC, that serve the nation’s poor, working poor, and struggling middle-class.

For further information contact Samantha Lee at slee(at)nwica(dot)org or 202/232-5492 or visit the NWA website at

The National WIC Association, NWA, is a non-profit representing the nearly 9 million mothers and young children participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and the nation’s 12,200 dedicated WIC service provider agencies.

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