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Sherrod Brown evokes Ronald Reagan to push the earned income tax credit
Brown says the plan could benefit half a million working Ohioans
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Sherrod Brown says the earned income tax credit rewards those who work to change their lives.
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Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown was pushing for expansion of the earned income tax credit even before President Obama released his budget today. And Brown invoked the name of another president in making his case. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.

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President Obama’s budget proposal is filled with income equality measures supported by Brown, a liberal Democrat. But Brown used a Republican presidential icon to make the case for a boost in the Earned Income Tax Credit. 

“Reagan called it the best anti-poverty program in the entire government.” 

Brown is sponsoring a bill to extend the tax credit to childless workers who remain in poverty. The credit now goes primarily to people with children. The Ohio senator acknowledges expansion would run counter to a tax overhaul proposal released by Republican Rep. Dave Camp last week. 

“I hear a number of my colleagues very critical of it. I see Camp’s proposal is to scale it back. And I think that makes no sense in a society when a lot people are struggling, we should be rewarding work and rewarding people who are taking responsibility for their lives.” 

According to a breakdown provided by Brown’s office, at least half-a-million Ohioans would benefit from the extended credit.

Click here for a county-by-county breakdown of the current Earned Income Tax Credit.

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