(Bloomberg) Policy makers on both sides of the partisan divide, from Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew to Mitt Romney’s economic adviser Glenn Hubbard, favor expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit. This rare harmony holds the potential to reshape the debate on bridging the growing opportunity gap.

“The dynamics surrounding EITC are changing,” said Alex Brill, a researcher at the American Enterprise Institute, referring to the refundable tax credit for low-income workers. “There’s a little bit of a shift among conservatives and Republicans—an increased level of interest in issues around the working poor.”

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