Queen's University

Working poor tax breaks

2010-03-19

Queen’s political studies/women’s studies professor Margaret Little can discuss the working income tax benefit (WITB) set to be announced in this month’s federal budget.
As an academic and anti-poverty activist, Dr. Little points out that focusing policy announcements on the working poor implies that the welfare poor don’t count and insists the federal government should provide matching grants to provinces and territories to increase their welfare rates.
There are other policy options that would be more directly beneficial to the poor, she suggests. Federal legislation to increase minimum wage to at least $10/hour would provide immediate relief for the working poor.
To arrange an interview, contact Alissa Deley at (613) 533-6000 ext. 77513 deleya@post.queensu.ca or Molly Kehoe at (613) 533-2877 kehoem@post.queensu.ca
 

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