Mayor Rybak, Local Residents Join Call with President Obama, U.S. Mayors on Importance of Renewing Middle-Class Tax Cuts

Mayor Rybak, Local Residents Join Call with President Obama, U.S. Mayors on Importance of Renewing Middle-Class Tax Cuts

Mayor Rybak one of three mayors invited to ask a question on the call

December 12, 2012 (MINNEAPOLIS) — Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was joined by metro-area residents in his office today as they joined a call with President Barack Obama and other U.S. mayors about the importance of renewing middle-class tax cuts, reducing the deficit in a balanced manner, and keeping the economy growing by keeping an average of $2,200 in the pockets of every middle-class American family.

Without an agreement on the “fiscal cliff” by the end of the year, taxes on middle-class families in Minnesota will increase by an average of $2,200. If a balanced agreement is reached, however, taxes will not rise for 98 percent of American families and 97 percent of small businesses.

President Obama encouraged people share their stories about what their middle-class tax cut means to them at http://www.whitehouse.gov/my2k, and to use the Twitter hashtag #My2K.

Mayor Rybak said, “I hope that Congress, like the Grinch, finally realizes that it’s no fun to steal Christmas. To keep our economy recovering and ensure a healthy fiscal future for America, Congress simply needs to agree to a balanced solution that keeps money in the hands of middle-class residents of Minneapolis and cities across the country.

“We had an election and the people have spoken. This is what the residents of Minneapolis want and it’s what Americans want,” Mayor Rybak continued.

Mayor Rybak was one of three mayors invited to ask President Obama a question on the call, along with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. Mayor Rybak asked President Obama what headline he would most like to see and what action he would like to see Congress take as a result of today’s call.

Mayor Rybak was joined in his office by metro-area residents Sara Marlow of Fridley and Carl Holmquist of Minnetonka, for whom $2,200 goes a long way.

Sara is a single mother who works as an architect in downtown Minneapolis, and for a single mother, there is no such thing as extra money. For her, $2,200 means being able to buy Christmas presents for her five-year-old son and making needed repairs on her car.

Carl is self-employed and looking for work, and cares for his elderly mother nearly full-time as well. For him, $2,200 means the ability to make ends meet while caring for his mother.

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