Tax relief for middle class families is the goal of Democratic Indiana Senator Evan Bayh.
He was in South Bend Wednesday talking about the Middle Class Opportunity Act.
Over the past 10 years, the cost of raising a child has gone up 24%.
To help families with those high costs, Senator Bayh is proposing doubling the child tax credit in the first year, and increasing deductions for child care costs. He says, "Middle class families are on the risk of getting left out, and they're struggling to make ends meet -- the cost of healthcare, childcare, college. All these things, they just have trouble making ends meet."
Middle class parent, Minny Todd remarks, "It does add up! Every little bit is helpful, when you're caught in the middle and you're trying to make the best decisions for your family something like this, makes a big difference.”
For the average family of four in Indiana, these credits would mean an additional $900 per year.
Families who care for an aging parent or grandparent would also be able to claim a tax credit, even if that person does not live in their home.