Quanda Burrell, playing with son Liam, 4, during a break at the South End day-care center where she works, says that she counts on the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit now to make ends meet. A boost in the program would make a big difference, she said, in her situation.

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Quanda Burrell, playing with son Liam, 4, during a break at the South End day-care center where she works, says that she counts on the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit now to make ends meet. A boost in the program would make a big difference, she said, in her situation.

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