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Matheson said that President Ronald Reagan called the Earned Income Tax Credit the most effective anti-poverty measure in the country, and Matheson worked with President George W. Bush to expand the program.
"These are people who are working and are paying taxes. They pay payroll taxes, Social Security Taxes and Medicare Taxes," he said. "Her proposal would raise taxes on these very people."
About 190,000 Utahns benefited from the $414 million tax break last year, according to the Treasury Department.
After the debate, Matheson said he felt he showed that Love doesn’t understand the practical implications of her proposals and "I don’t think they’ve been very thoughtful." Love did not answer questions after the debate.
The two will meet for their second debate Thursday, which will be televised on KSL.
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