AMERICANS FOR RESPONSIBLE TAXES (ART) COALITION
Michigan Citizen Action is encouraging progressive organizations to join us in partnering with the Americans for Responsible Taxes (ART) coalition. ART is an amalgamation of concerned communities and working families united to repeal the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest, reinstate the estate tax to at least 2009 levels, close tax loopholes, and inform Americans and their elected officials about the importance of responsible tax and budget policies. ART will engage in grassroots activism, legislative lobbying, public outreach, and communications work to advance responsible taxation.
The gap between the wealthiest and the rest of us has grown wider as the tax burden has declined; the federal tax rate for the wealthiest 400 Americans has dropped from 29 percent to less than 17 percent in the past 15 years. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, federal, state, and local income taxes consumed 9.2 percent of all personal income in 2009, the lowest rate since 1950. This is not the 1950s, and the United State needs federal investments in health care, energy, education, and defense. Our national recovery – and the future of our country – depends on corporations and the wealthy meeting their responsibilities by paying their fair share of taxes.
ART supports four goals as the pillar of responsible fiscal reform that meets our national priorities and helps support hard-working families.