For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 15, 2010
Contact: Germonique Ulmer, 202-339-9331
Washington—As today marks the deadline for Americans to file their income tax returns, the nation’s largest jobs coalition called for new policies that crack down on Wall Street and for responsible investments that create jobs and put America back to work.
“America paid its fair share, Wall Street should pay theirs,” said Alan Charney, campaign manager for Jobs for America Now. “If the wealthiest individuals and corporations paid their fair share, we would have the resources we need to make America stronger and put our people back to work. While so many people are unemployed, it is unconscionable that the wealthiest among us get a free ride in the form of excessive tax cuts, tax breaks and tax loopholes.”
The Jobs for America Now coalition has endorsed the Local Jobs for America Act, which would put one million people to work almost immediately, doing essential jobs in communities across America. The bill, which was introduced by Chairman George Miller (D-CA), is pending in the House and has more than 120 cosponsors.
Local partners of Jobs for America Now today are organizing at least 40 “tax day” events in at least 21 states plus Washington, D.C. These events include a sit-in at a Bank of America branch in Seattle; a Workers’ Memorial Day ceremony outside OSHA’s offices in Dallas; leafleting in Concord and Manchester, N.H.; and a presentation of a “free lunch” to the Maryland Chamber of Commerce in Annapolis. The latter event reflects the fact that, as in many states, one-third of Maryland’s largest corporations do not pay taxes. Many of today’s events are being organized by affiliates of Jobs with Justice and USAction. For more information about today’s events across the country, please visit www.TaxWallStreet.org.
Jobs for America Now is a broad coalition of more than 60 national organizations. Its members have endorsed a five-point program that would extend unemployment benefits; provide fiscal relief to state and local governments; create jobs in distressed communities that face severe unemployment; invest in infrastructure such as schools, transportation and energy efficiency; and spur private-sector job growth by providing incentives and credit to small and medium-sized businesses.