As Black Friday shoppers lined up at the Oxford Valley Mall, a group of residents had a different suggestion on how to save the middle class money. This morning, the community group PA Working Families dropped a 30 foot banner at the Woodbourne Road I-95 overpass stating, “Tell Rep. Fitzpatrick: Extend the Middle Class Tax Cuts, 866-426-2631.”
As “fiscal cliff” negotiations continue in Washington, community members in Bucks County are calling on Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick to extend the middle class tax breaks for those making less than $250,000 per year. The Senate voted in August to extend the middle class tax breaks set to expire at the end of the year. All that is standing in the way of renewing the tax breaks is the U.S. House of Representatives.
“We have a lot to be thankful for this year, but during the last weeks of this lame duck Congress we face the prospect of deep cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, child care, special education and other vital programs—all in the name of deficit reduction,” said Mary Downing of Warminster.
“It’s time for Rep. Fitzpatrick to give the middle class a break and renew the tax breaks for those making less than $250,000,” Downing added. “Donald Trump doesn’t have to wake up at 4:00 a.m. to save money on a toaster, but the middle class do. We need the middle class tax cuts so that we can put people back to work and keep our economic recovery going.”
Yesterday, labor groups launched an ad campaign calling on local Representatives Mike Fitzpatrick and Pat Meehan to renew the middle class tax breaks. PA Working Families has been calling on Rep. Fitzpatrick to end the Bush cuts for the wealthy all year and has generated petition signatures and phone calls to his office.
PA Working Families said that ending tax cuts for people earning more than $250,000 would raise $68 billion a year—revenue that would help put people back to work rebuilding our roads and bridges, repairing our schools, and reviving our economy.