State Joins Campaign to Put $2.3 Billion Back in the Hands of California’s Working Poor


SACRAMENTO – The Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. will join California leaders to announce the launch of CalEITC4me, a statewide campaign involving community, faith, civic, labor and business leaders to ensure the first-ever California Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) winds up in the hands of those who worked hard to earn it. The campaign will also focus on increasing the availability of free tax preparation services locally.

Governor Brown’s 2015-16 Budget established the state’s first EITC, designed to complement the federal EITC. California’s poorest working families will now be eligible for both state and federal EITC benefits. With nearly $400 million available through the new state ETIC, an estimated $2.3 billion is available for Californians.

The webinar to launch CalEITC4me statewide will be led by Executive Secretary in the Office of the Governor Nancy McFadden; Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins; State Controller Betty Yee; chair of the CalEITC4Me Campaign Joe Sanberg; United Ways of California president and CEO Pete Manzo; and Central California Legal Services special projects director Manuel Romero.

When: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Media Coverage: Only members of the press who have registered for the webinar will be able to ask questions. To participate:

1. Go to and sign up. You may register in advance or on the day of the event.

2. You will receive a confirmation page and email with a link to join the webinar. It is recommended you sign in 5-10 minutes before the start of the presentation.

3. For audio you may either use your computer’s microphone and speakers or you may dial the number, access code and audio PIN listed after you join the webinar.

Those without computer access may use the telephone to listen to the presentation by dialing: (415) 930-5229 or (877) 309-2074 toll-free. Access Code: 486-416-912

**NOTE: Reporters may contact Mcclina Woods at for an electronic press kit. To learn more about the CalEITC4me, click here. To learn more about the Golden State Opportunity, click here. Follow the announcement on social media at Twitter handle @CalEITC4Me.