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NGLTF Joins Coalition in Opposition to Bush Tax Plan

Date: 
March 01, 2001

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announced today it is joining a broad coalition of progressive groups that is organizing in opposition to George W. Bush’s plan. Coalition members run the gamut of progressive causes, including social justice, children’s welfare, civil rights, the elderly, people with disabilities, feminists, labor, people of color groups and economic justice proponents.

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (see below), one in three families will not receive any tax cut whatsoever, while the most affluent one percent will receive an average windfall just under $45,000/year or $120/day. That is about three times what a minimum wage worker is paid for an 8-hour day.

“As part of our commitment to a broad racial and economic justice agenda, we join our progressive colleagues in opposition to this tax plan,” said NGLTF Executive Director Elizabeth Toledo. “This proposal benefits the most affluent at the expense of the rest of us. While Bush has yet to address the real needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) people, he has prioritized plans to line the pockets of those who need it the least and to shift public funds to religious schools and churches.”

NGLTF has been monitoring the proposed policies of George W. Bush on issues important to GLBT people. To visit NGLTF’s “W Watch” go to http://www.ngltf.org/federal/wwatch.htm.

For more information, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities provides the following fact sheets:
General overview
Fact Sheets on the Bush Tax Plan
Report on state by state income disparities

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.