Unions, activists push for end to Bush tax cuts

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.


Voters take to the polls at the Richmond City Main Public Library last week. With the elections over, labor unions and liberal activists are on to the next campaign: eliminating Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

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.

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.
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