Taxpayers in Peoria and Springfield took to the streets to demand the 1% pay their fair share on Tuesday, April 17. The protests were part of a growing wave of voter discontent against the rich, big corporations and politicians who have created an economic emergency for the 99%.
Middle-class Illinoisans representing the 99% asked the 1% to pay their fair share. They also called on Reps. Bobby Schilling and Tim Johnson to support the Buffet Rule.
“We’re speaking out on Tax Day because we all paid a higher tax rate than Mitt Romney, GE, Wells Fargo, and many other big corporations and rich people,” said Debra Johnson. “We’re proud to pay our fair share; it’s time for the 1% to pay their fair share too so we can create good jobs and make our communities strong.”
The Buffett Rule (H.R.3909, The Paying a Fair Share Act), stops millionaires from paying lower taxes than working people, and closes corporate tax loopholes. While states across the country are forced to lay-off teachers and first responders and cut vital services, the 1% and profitable corporations leave an unpaid tax bill of over $2.15 trillion.
Members of the 99% have been protesting rich corporations and individuals since last summer and will continue to make their voices heard on Tax Day and throughout “99% Spring” at corporate headquarters, shareholder meetings and congressional offices.