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A state earned income tax credit could help people move from welfare to work
A state earned income tax credit could help people move from welfare to work

The earned income tax credit has enjoyed four decades of bipartisan support because it helps working people at the bottom of the economic ladder climb up a few rungs. In their zeal to bring the federal budget into balance without raising taxes on people with means, however, congressional Republicans have proposed to shrink the federal credit in 2018. Democrats in the California Legislature, meanwhile, want to create a state version. The latter is a good idea, if done the right way. The former is a step in the wrong direction. The idea behind the credit is to supplement low-wage workers' incomes with a tax refund that, in many cases, is greater than the amount withheld from their...

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