EITC http://wuis.org en Bipartisan Support For Earned Income Tax Credit, But Budget Stands In Way http://wuis.org/post/bipartisan-support-earned-income-tax-credit-budget-stands-way <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>With less than a week remaining in the Illinois General Assembly's spring session, advocates are still working to double the state's tax credit for the working poor.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Advocates say the Earned Income Tax Credit is more effective at lifting people out of poverty than welfare or raising the minimum wage.</span></p><p>More than 900,000 Illinois workers receive the state's version of the EITC, which is currently worth 10 percent of the federal version of the credit.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 21:54:05 +0000 Hannah Meisel 25951 at http://wuis.org Bipartisan Support For Earned Income Tax Credit, But Budget Stands In Way Lawmakers Considering Doubling Tax Credit For Poor http://wuis.org/post/lawmakers-considering-doubling-tax-credit-poor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Efforts to raise the minimum wage have been getting a lot of attention, but it's not the only proposal intended to improve the lives of the working poor. Following the call of Gov. Pat Quinn, some lawmakers want to double Illinois' tax credit for low income workers.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The earned income tax credit began as a federal program, signed into law by President Ronald Reagan.</span></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:27:09 +0000 Hannah Meisel 19382 at http://wuis.org Lawmakers Considering Doubling Tax Credit For Poor Quinn Proposes Modest Agenda; Republicans Warn of Cost http://wuis.org/post/quinn-proposes-modest-agenda-republicans-warn-cost <p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn delivered his sixth State of the State address Wednesday. As Brian Mackey reports, Quinn's speech was pretty much what you'd expect from a man fighting to keep his job despite some of the lowest approval ratings of any governor in America.</p><p>Quinn laid out a list of proposals that seem finely honed to appeal to Democratic voters: increasing the minimum wage, doubling a tax credit for the working poor, and requiring at least two days of sick time for all employees.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 17929 at http://wuis.org Quinn Proposes Modest Agenda; Republicans Warn of Cost