With the hard-fought presidential and Senate contests behind Virginia, unions and liberal activists are taking up a new cause: higher taxes on the wealthy.
A coalition pushing for the elimination of the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans will hold a news conference in Richmond on Monday. Members say they will call on Sens. Jim Webb (D) and Mark Warner (D) to end the cuts.
Doing so, the groups say, will prevent automatic cuts to vital services. The coalition, which includes Virginia Organizing, Virginia New Majority, Virginia Interfaith Center, SEIU Virginia 512 and the AFL-CIO, opposes cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.
That stance could put the groups at odds with those seeking a “balanced approach” to solving the nation’s fiscal problems, meaning a combination of tax increases and spending cuts. But the coalition contends that it is not opposed to budget cuts of any sort, just cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.
This post has been updated since it was first published.