The Louisiana legislature has an opportunity this legislative session to make significant investments in children and families by eliminating the federal income tax deduction. While some legislators have proposed swapping the federal income tax deduction for income tax cuts, this preserves the status quo that has failed too many Louisiana families for too long. If legislators are serious about making a dent in child poverty and creating opportunity for low and moderate income children and families post pandemic, the federal income tax deduction should instead be used towards investments in the people of Louisiana.