By FRANK LEWIS
PDT Staff Writer
Several elected officials in Scioto County added their names to a letter Friday that urges U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, to join Democrats in supporting President Barack Obama’s “Buffett Rule” when it comes to a vote Monday before the U.S. Senate.
According to a press release that announced the letter, if passed by the Senate, “the Buffett Rule would ensure that millionaires and billionaires like Warren Buffett never again pay a lower tax rate than their secretaries.”
The letter, signed by politicians in five southern Ohio counties, including Scioto County Commissioners Vernal “Skip” Riffe III and Tom Reiser, Scioto County Auditor David Green and Scioto County Treasurer William Ogg, explains “how communities in southeast Ohio would uniquely benefit from President Obama’s fight to create an economy where everyone has a fair shot, pays their fair share, and plays by the same rules.”
“Ending tax giveaways to individuals like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, people who neither wanted nor asked for them, will allow the federal government to reinvest in our future and continue to grow our economy. A stable, growing economy naturally benefits our communities in Southeast Ohio, which will see revenues increase as families earn more, purchase more goods, and reinvest in their communities at large,” the release states. “Communities in southeast Ohio, like Scioto County, have been forced to fight harder than most against strapped local budgets, unemployment and foreclosure as the economy gets back on track. President Obama’s budget plan, the officials argue, would invest in communities that need it the most.”
The release closed with, “Furthermore, President Obama has paid special attention to the needs of communities like ours in his budget plan, helping states and localities hire and keep teachers and first responders. His budget plans will extend unemployment insurance and invest in roads and bridges. These are a far better use of resources than maintaining special tax breaks for our wealthiest citizens, a plan promoted by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and enthusiastically supported by presidential contender Mitt Romney.”
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