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.