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LABOR AND CITIZEN ACTION GROUPS TO CHALLENGE CORBETT ON PROPOSED WORKER TAX AT RALLY WITH NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE

10.11.10

AFL-CIO
Media Release

October 11, 2010

For Immediate Release
Contact: Marty Marks 412.352.0317
Marc Stier, Penn Action 215.880.6142


LABOR AND CITIZEN ACTION GROUPS TO CHALLENGE CORBETT ON PROPOSED WORKER TAX AT RALLY WITH NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE

Workers and Activists Say Corbett’s Proposal to Tax Workers for $3 Billion Unemployment Debt is a Fowl Idea

Williamsport, PA – Labor and citizen action groups will use the occasion of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s campaign stop for Tom Corbett in Williamsport today (Monday, October 11) at 10:00 AM to launch a “Quack Attack” on the Republican candidate for governor’s proposal to increase pay roll taxes on workers for purposes of repaying a $3 billion debt owed to the federal government for unemployment compensation.

“If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck – it’s a duck!” declared Marc Stier, leader of the citizen issue advocacy group Penn Action. “Tom Corbett cannot mask a payroll tax hike imposed on working people simply by calling it another name. He can’t have his duck and eat it too,” Stier said.

Corbett, who earlier this year took a no-tax pledge, has consistently denied the payment made by workers into the unemployment fund is a tax. By referring to the workers’ payroll deduction as a contribution, Corbett has suggested he did not violate his no-tax pledge when he proposed increasing the workers portion of the payment but not the employers.

Corbett and Christie will be greeted by a coalition of citizen and labor activists armed with rubber ducks, hand-made signs and assorted other web-footed paraphernalia as the two Republican leaders converge on the Lycoming County Republican campaign headquarters at 1750 East Third Street in Williamsport for a Monday morning rally.

“This is the kind of political double speak that turns voters off,” said Ben Uzdilla, President of Utility Workers of America Local 406, one of the labor leaders participating in the demonstration today outside of the Lycoming County Republican event. “The bottom line is we can’t be distracted by no-tax pledges and other nonsense. Taxing workers and not their employers is grossly unfair and we have to stop it,” said Uzdilla.

Patrick Gleason is a spokesperson for Americans for Tax Reform, the group that authored the no-tax pledge Corbett signed. Speaking about Corbett’s proposal, Gleason said, “It is what is commonly known as a payroll tax, and this is not a matter of dispute.”

“Raising payroll taxes on workers and letting corporations off the hook is a pretty fowl smelling duck of an idea if you ask me,” Uzdilla said.

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