Local Leaders Rally Against Looming Fiscal Cliff

Posted at: 12/01/2012 11:27 PM
By: Zach Hammer

With the automatic spending cuts and tax increases known as the "fiscal cliff' only 30 days away, local leaders spoke on the issue Saturday.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness, City Councilor Emily Larson, and Rep. Erik Simonson gathered with protesters outside of Rep. Chip Cravaack's office in downtown Duluth.

Organizers say the 30-hour "Vigil for the Middle Class" aims to keep the Bush-era tax cuts from expiring for middle and lower class people. If they are allowed to expire, they say that a typical family of four could see their taxes increase by $2,200.

"$2,000 in my family is food for three months, it's car repairs, it's braces, it's medical co-pays," Councilwoman Larson said. "It's stuff that we need to keep going. It's stuff that people in our city need."

If Congress does not reach a deal by the end of the year, the spending cuts to government programs will take effect automatically per the Budget Control Act of 2011. The Bush tax cuts are set to expire at the end of December.