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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Eric Griego Calls for Tax Fairness on Tax Day
Today, NM-1 Democratic congressional candidate Eric Griego criticized Congress’ refusal to pass the “Buffett Rule” yesterday and called for tax fairness.
Eric Griego’s statement is as follows:
“I am deeply disappointed that yesterday, Republicans in the Senate blocked the so-called “Buffett Rule” -- a proposal which takes a solid first step towards creating tax fairness for working families by requiring millionaires to pay about the same as the middle class.
“Luckily, this fight is not over – Congress has until December 31st to agree on a budget that ends the Bush tax cuts for millionaires, restoring some ounce of tax fairness.
“Ending the Bush tax cuts for millionaires is the right thing to do to restore tax fairness. Last year, there were 7,000 millionaires who didn’t pay a single penny in federal income taxes. In the meantime, Republicans in Congress are pushing for a budget that puts vital programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security on the chopping block.
“As a state senator, I sponsored and helped pass legislation to get the richest to pay taxes more fairly. In Congress, I will use my legislative experience and proven success fighting the Republicans’ failed trickle-down economics to restore tax fairness for the middle class.”
While I'm disappointed that the Senate failed to take this important first step, we need to keep up the pressure. Will you sign my open letter in support of ending the Bush tax cuts for millionaires? Last year there were 7,000 millionaires who didn't pay a single penny in federal income taxes. That's not right. If you agree, click here to sign.