Posted: Nov 12, 2012 6:05 PM by Katy Harris KXLF News
Butte middle class, seniors and Native Americans rallied for tax fairness before Congress goes into Lame-Duck Session.
Some Butte residents say it's time for the wealthiest 2% and big corporations to pay their fair share.
"We need corporations paying their fair share and the richest 2% paying their fair share. It shouldn't be services cut that we rely on," says Americans for Tax Fairness Montana Coordinator Liz Moran.
Congress goes into Lame Duck Session on Tuesday and The Who Pays Campaign is urging Senators Baucus and Tester to end the tax cuts for the wealthy.
Rally participants say departments like Labor, Health and Human Services and Education could suffer a 1.2 trillion dollar loss if tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations continue.
Several speakers voiced their support of ending the tax cuts because they feel it affects them locally.
"We fear that Congress will balance the budget on the backs of the 98 percent, which is working Montanan's and retired Montanan's. We simply cannot afford these devastating cuts to vital services such as social security, medicare and medicaid," says Butte Alliance for Retired Americans President John Forkan.
The Silver Dollar Saloon owner and a representative from the Indian People's Action in Butte spoke at the rally also.