- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers are taking the first steps to implement an earned income tax credit for the working poor, part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal.

Brown’s administration has said the $380 million tax credit could help as many as 2 million working Californians.

The state Senate approved SB38 by Democratic Sen. Carol Liu of La Canada Flintridge on a 35-1 vote Wednesday. The state Assembly passed a separate measure, AB43 by Democratic Assemblyman Mark Stone of Scotts Valley, on a 57-1 vote.

The tax credit would go to households with income less than $6,580 with no dependents or up to $13,870 for those with three or more dependents.

Hanford Republican Sen. Andy Vidak says Democrats and Republicans should support the credit to help workers keep more of their money.

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