Taveras pushes Congress to back Obama on ‘fiscal cliff’ fixNovember 26th, 2012 at 10:43 am by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
Even Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is raising alarm bells about the fiscal cliff.
Taveras and other Democratic mayors from around the country are putting pressure on Congress to avoid the tax hikes and spending cuts currently set to take effect on Jan. 1. Providence got $305 million of its $700 million in revenue from federal and state sources in 2010-11.
“President Obama has put forth a detailed fiscal plan that creates jobs, invests in competitiveness and strengthens the middle class,” Taveras said in his statement. “I join mayors from across the country, as well as a majority of American citizens, urging Congress to compromise and tackle the challenges that are threatening cities like Providence.”
“Small and innovative businesses are the emerging businesses in Providence,” the mayor said. “Our middle class residents and small businesses cannot afford to go over the fiscal cliff to protect the wealthiest from paying a little bit more. I support President Obama’s efforts to work with Congress to get this done and move our cities and our country forward.”
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