The Case for Subsidizing Wages with a Negative Payroll Tax

A 99 Cent Store employee works to stock shelves during the coronavirus outbreak in Los Angeles, Calif., April 4, 2020. (Kyle Grillot/Reuters)
Paying employers and employees through the payroll-tax system is a faster, more efficient way to keep them together for the long haul.

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