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In their new $1.9 trillion stimulus law, Democrats temporarily converted the current child tax credit into a larger “child allowance” payable to parents regardless of whether they work or pay taxes. This has triggered debate about whether the law revives welfare as we knew it before those benefits were conditioned a generation ago on parents’ participation in work or training. But the fine print of the law reveals that these new benefits would certainly flow where welfare checks never went before — to potentially millions of parents who don’t live with their children, who could keep thousands of dollars in erroneous payments each year.

Boulder shooting suspect passed background check, gun shop owner says