Community members from Delaware Americans for Democratic Action, SEIU 32BJ, and other members of the Americans for Tax Fairness coalition marched in the Middletown Peach Festival, declaring, "Public Investment is Peachy" and "Corporate Tax Dodging is the Pits."
Tax revenue pays for responsible investments our country needs. Most of us do our part and pay our fair share. Unfortunately, many multi-national corporations don't pay their fair share. Corporate tax dodging leads to insufficient revenue, which results in cuts to programs like Head Start and Meals on Wheels.
At a recent discussion at the Appoquinimink Community Library, Barbara MacGeorge-Sorg, President of the Appoquinimink Educational Support Professionals Association, lamented the sequester's effects. "The paraprofessionals in the Appoqunimink School District were hit the hardest by the sequester," she said. "It not only affects the nine paras that were RIFed due to the sequester, it impacts our special needs students who are the most vulnerable and needy."
A poster at our Peach Festival booth asked community members what the U.S. should do with the $150 billion we lose annually because Congress allows the super-rich and huge corporations to take advantage of off-shore tax havens. Many wrote their hopes for public investment in our communities. MacGeorge-Sorg hopes Congress will make sure more paraprofessionals don't lose their jobs next year.
Our hope is that Senator Carper, Senator Coons, and Congressman Carney will tell Congress it's time to require multi-national corporations to pay their fair share and use that revenue to end the sequester.