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Maryland's working poor likely to get a boost

Maryland's working poor likely to get a boost

Amid the partisan discord in Annapolis, Republicans and Democrats do agree on one thing.

They want to funnel as much as $70 million into the pockets of Maryland's working poor by expanding a program widely considered the government's most effective tool for helping people out of poverty.

The Earned Income Tax Credit is so popular on both sides of the aisle that President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican, have pushed nearly identical plans to expand it at the federal level, though they disagree about how to pay for it.

In Maryland, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and his chief critic in the Senate, Democrat Richard S. Madaleno, have...