Montana families need both the child tax credit and public investment in child care

By Caitlin Jensen and Ashley Burnside


Montana state legislators have a historic opportunity to enact a state child tax credit, first proposed by Gov. Greg Gianforte earlier this year as part of his budget. This policy, which would provide low-income taxpayers with an annual credit of $1,200 per child under age 6, was nearly scuttled because some lawmakers believed it would preclude the state from making necessary investments in child care. But the fact remains that Montana children and families need both: a state child tax credit and more funding for child care. One program can’t replace the other, and both are urgently needed to invest in the well-being of Montana’s next generation of children.

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