May 22, 2014

Louisiana Budget Project: Increasing EITC improves tax fairness, reduces poverty, invests in children

ITEP Work in Action

Efforts to modestly raise the minimum wage in Louisiana failed this legislative session — even though the wage isn’t high enough to keep a full-time worker with a child out of poverty. But some opponents of giving the lowest-paid workers a raise have suggested another pro-work, anti-poverty policy as an alternative: increasing the value of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

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