12/13/11 Senate candidate Joe Donnelly spoke from a breakfast with working-class Hoosiers this morning to call for Congress to pass the payroll tax cut extension. The payroll tax cut, which expires at the end of 2011, is worth more than $900 to the average Hoosier and more than 750,000 jobs in the American economy over the next year.
Donnelly, who was kicking off his campaign’s push to make Hoosiers part of his “kitchen cabinet,” cast the tax cut extension in human terms. “We’re talking about Washington taking more than $900 away from the average Hoosier, or nearly $1500 away from the average Hoosier family,’’ said Donnelly. “It’s important for us to come together and pass this tax cut extension. Hoosiers use this money for groceries and tuition, not stocks and bonds. We owe it to the people we represent to extend this tax cut.”
Joining Donnelly were Indianapolis residents Ed Peelman, Tajuana Hill, and Brooke Roberts, all of whom spoke to the press about the importance of extending the tax cut. “It’s time Washington stopped protecting millionaires at the expense of guys like me,” said Peelman, a 40 year old father of two and tutor at St. Vincent Neri school who is working his way through college.
Throughout the course of the campaign Donnelly will meet with Hoosiers around the same table they make the important economic decisions affecting all our families. Whether in a small town diner, at a church supper or, most likely, the kitchen table, Donnelly will meet to talk about our economy with the only folks that matter, the Hoosiers that make up his “kitchen cabinet.”