In 2020, Indiana received more than 31,000 new job commitments, even when facing a global pandemic. As the economy continues bouncing back from the disruption caused by COVID-19, skilled workers are needed to fill in-demand jobs across the state. However, some Hoosiers are not pursuing free education and work-based training opportunities because a higher paycheck could disqualify their family from benefit programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. This session, we’re making it a priority to ensure Hoosiers 24 years old and younger can earn additional income without disqualifying their family from benefits.

Currently, TANF eligibility is determined by the total income of a household, which includes young adults who may be living at home after high school. House Bill 1009 would incentivize more young Hoosiers to work toward post-secondary degrees, workforce certificates, pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship programs, without the threat of their family losing assistance as they further their education. This legislation would also increase the Earned Income Tax Credit to 10%, providing additional relief to working Hoosiers. This increase could put roughly $11.2 million back into the hands of low-income working families each year.

House Bill 1009 received overwhelming support in the Indiana House of Representatives and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Family and Children Services. To learn more, visit iga.in.gov.