It’s tough to support a family in today’s economy. While families across the country face rising costs for child and dependent care, wages have stagnated for most working people. It’s especially tough for women, who face a wage gap that has not budged in over a decade and make up the vast majority of single parents. Three in ten of the women who work in low wage jobs are mothers of children under 18, and 11 percent are mothers of children under four. More than one in three single-mother families live in poverty. Yet, in far too many states, low- and middle-income families pay a greater share of their income in taxes than wealthy families. This is only worsened by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which prioritized tax cuts for big corporations and the wealthy instead of improving federal tax credits helping lower-income families.

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