By Ron Deutsch and Reg Foster, Commentary

Published, Albany Times Union 5:25 pm, Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A young woman juggling an entry-level administrative job and classes at a community college; a divorced dad working 40 hours a week as a custodian to help support his two kids; a veteran trying to make a living back home after serving our country overseas: They, and millions of other hard-working Americans, struggle to make ends meet because their jobs pay low wages.

In fact, 466,000 workers in New York not raising children in the home — and 7.5 million workers across the nation — are currently taxed into or deeper into poverty, largely because they are left out of the Earned Income Tax Credit that families with children in the home receive. Once taxes are taken, many are actually left below the poverty line.  (read more)