Rep. Joe Heck Urged to Protect Taxpayers

Several Nevada residents gathered in front of the IRS Building today to present $2,000 invoices to Congressman Joe Heck for services and items that they will no longer be able to afford if their tax cuts expire. Kathleen Nelson a Navy Veteran presented Joe Heck with an invoice for physical therapy treatments for her special needs child.

“The Fiscal Cliff really worries me, I have extra expenses with a special needs child and another in school and I need that money to provide for them,” Nelson said. “I want Congressmen Heck to understand the severity of not extending the tax cuts for the 98 percent and the sacrifices we would have to make.”

If there is no deal reached by January 1st, the impact to the Nevada economy could be catastrophic at a time when the state is bouncing back from an economic decline. Families will begin to see more money taken out of their paychecks for an average of $2,000 a year and might have to forgo vital services.

Connie Snyder, a retired teacher said she already lives on a fixed income and cannot afford to have her taxes go up. “The $2,200 at stake would pay for six months worth of groceries for me or it would pay for my annual property taxes with money left over for gas, this money is a big deal for 98% of working American’s,” Snyder said.

Andres Ramirez, political strategist and State Lead for The Action coalition led the group’s efforts and coordinated the partner strategies to advocate for the extension of the tax breaks for the 98 percent.
“We are in a situation where we need to increase revenue and cut back on spending, unfortunately the middle class cannot afford to pay more taxes. While not convenient for the top two percent, a raise in their taxes will not be as disastrous for them so we are asking our representatives to stand up for the majority,” he said.

The White House has already determined that if no deal is reached it could hurt Nevada’s economy by 1.5 percent and reduce spending in Nevada by $1.8 billion in 2013. In addition several Nevada businesses that work in defense will lose income and jobs and the already underfunded education system will suffer even more by losing millions of dollars in federal funds.

Nevada residents are urging Joe Heck to vote in favor of the 98 percent of Nevadans and extend tax cuts for more than 1 million hard working Nevada families.

*The above content is taken from a press release from TheAction.Org.

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