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The Working Poor Get Their 15 Minutes

Your move, Republicans. That was essentially President Barack Obama's message today with his proposal to expand the earned income tax credit.
President Barack Obama's gauntlet on raising the earned income tax credit. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Your move, Republicans. That was essentially President Barack Obama's message today with his proposal to expand the earned income tax credit, a wage supplement for low-income workers. Conservative economists have long been pushing for an expanded credit, arguing it is a better way of lifting personal income than raising the minimum wage. They are right -- and now congressional Republicans have an opportunity to show they agree.

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