The Journal Gazette
Thursday, July 28, 2016 10:00 pm


Tax credit can help ease stress in life

The July 17 article about the Three Rivers Festival, titled "Creativity flows during annual river raft race," talked about the race down the St. Marys River. People were having so much fun splashing in the water in the rafts they built. These rafts most likely took a lot of time and money to make, which is something that some people in our community don’t have.

The Earned Income Tax Credit rewards low- to moderate-income individuals and families who work. The credit increases as earnings increase up to a limit that you qualify for. Around 5,000 people in Fort Wayne in 2014 were using the EITC, which is amazing! However, the IRS claims that 21 percent of eligible workers do not claim the EITC. Can you imagine how much creativity is being stunted because families are worried about how they are going to feed their children?

Maybe if more people knew about the EITC, they could stop having to worry about how they’re going to feed their families or how they’re going to pay their electric bill. A lot of these people are hard-working, but the fact that some do not know about the tax credit is not OK. More people need education on the Earned Income Tax Credit, so that next year when the Three Rivers Festival comes around, there can be even more floats on the river, created by those who have a little less stress in their lives.

We are people in our awesome community who have the voice and the power to make a change. So let us all use our voices together as one and let people know about the EITC.

Sarah Leone

Fort Wayne 

New tax amounts to ‘highway robbery’

The state had a surcharge on license plates quite a few years ago, $12.50, and the roads have never been fixed or done properly. Now the city wants to charge everyone an extra $12.50 to $20.

I think it should be a one-time charge – maybe every five years, not every year. It’s highway robbery.

Let’s see how much gets fixed or done properly.


Fort Wayne

State’s outsourcing nightmare for consumers

The state’s outsourcing of Medicaid responsibilities goes too far.  I was not aware (but should have assumed it to be true) that this agency was outsourced to a private organization.

I recently had to call the Family and Social Services Administration and came away quite unhappy with how I was treated and really given little recourse other than just to take it. This representative was rude and kept speaking over my comments, even after I asked her politely to not interrupt what I was saying.

I asked her for her name; she would only give me her first. I asked whether she worked for the state of Indiana or a third party, and she confirmed that it was a third party but refused to give me the name of her employer. When I asked to speak with a supervisor, she told me it would be passed along and I would receive a call within 72 hours, still refusing to give me the name of her employer, stating that it is policy and not state law that she is following.

How does a company that receives state funding get away with being allowed to keep us in the dark as to who they are? Is that something the state condones?

I submit that it is a complete conflict of interest to have third-party individuals determining who receives state aid and who does not. This is what we get when Republicans outsource – ambiguity and no accountability. But I am sure they cash their checks from the state even though they don’t want the people that pay their salary to know who they are. I want to know if this agency is even within the state limits and how qualified their employees are.

What do we outsource next? They won’t be happy until all good-paying, accountable positions are replaced by low-paying, lesser-qualified individuals so their corporate buddies can line their pockets.

Michael Zirkle

Fort Wayne

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