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. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports.
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 government," Brown said.
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 see Camp’s proposal is to scale it back," Brown said. "And I think that makes no sense in a society when a lot people are struggling. And we should be rewarding work and rewarding people that are taking responsibility for their lives.”
According to a breakdown provided by Brown’s office, at least 500,000 Ohioans would benefit from the extended credit. The numbers show more than 1.5 million low income workers in Northeast Ohio now get the refundable credit via their tax returns.