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NEW: Young Democrats of RI joining Rhode Islanders for Tax Equity

Thursday, February 21, 2013

 

The newly re-organized Young Democrats of RI group says its joining the fight for "tax equity."

In their first official act since re-launching, the Young Democrats of Rhode Island (YDRI) have announced their decision to join the Rhode Islanders for Tax Equity Coalition.

YDRI President Alex Morash said that, because of “failed economic policies”, her generation will be the first in “American history that won’t do better than their parents.”

 “Tax equity is an issue of crucial importance to all young Rhode Islanders,” she said. “We are very excited to be joining the fight for a fair and balanced tax system.”

Rhode Islanders for Tax Equity (RITE) describes itself as a coalition “of citizens and organizations pushing for a progressive change to Rhode Island's tax structure.”

The group says it is advocating for a tax policy that will take the ease the burden on the middle class and make sure that Rhode Islanders who are among the “most privileged” pay “their fair share.”

“This is additional revenue that could be used for lowering taxes on hard-working, middle class Rhode Islanders and restoring cuts to critical programs that help our most vulnerable citizens,” RITE said.

State Senator Adam Satchell, who is a YDRI board member and supporter of tax equity said he believes Rhode Island needs to invest in higher education, workforce development and proven economic development strategies in order to provide opportunities for all the state.

“And to do that we need to make sure that all Rhode Islanders are paying their fair share in taxes,” he said. “I’m glad to see more and more young people getting active in the political process.”

YDRI, which was recently re-organized under new leadership, is an organization that attempts to encourage young individuals to become involved in the democratic process and to “advocate for public policy changes that benefit the needs of young people in Rhode Island.”

 

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