Reuters columnist David Cay Johnston examines why low-wage families can't break out of lower tax brackets, and what the government is doing the keep them there.
The biggest program and America to alleviate poverty just might be making things worse for low wage work. It's the question was posed in a report. By the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development which examined rising inequality in almost all of the 34 modern economies around the world. The report took note of talent America low wage workers have increased the number of powers they're working dramatically. About 26%. More hours than in the 1980s. The suggestion is that single mothers have been forced in the workplace because in 1996 we ended welfare as we knew it. By killing aid to families -- dependent children meanwhile we increase in the nineties. The benefits under the earned income tax credit. Which helps the working poor particularly single parent households. We have an income of between ten and about 141000. Dollars it -- heat the study suggests that the number of low wage workers has exploded it. That's pushed wages down and that may help explain why. The median wage in America has been stuck at about 500 dollars a week for more than a decade.