From Wall Street To Main Street: Nurses Want New Tax

By KBJR News 1

September 1, 2011 Updated Sep 1, 2011 at 10:51 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Minnesota nurses are joining nurses across the country in an effort to hold Wall Street accountable for the nation's financial crisis.

Nurses gathered in front of the Federal courthouse in Duluth Thursday, calling on US Representative Chip Cravaack to pledge his support to tax Wall Street. By that they want more taxation on financial transactions and market speculation.

The nurses' say their top priority is getting lawmakers to pledge their support for a new, national tax on the type of Wall Street financial activities that led to the 2008 economic collapse.

"It's time that we care for Main Street. Everyone that lives on and works on Superior Street, everywhere across America, we need to care for them, not Wall Street," said Linda Hamilton, President of the Minnesota Nurses Association.

"People need to be able to have good health care and that is why we are in favor of this Main Street contract." Nancy Carlson, Staff Nurse at St. Luke's.

A person dressed as a chipmunk was also on hand dispersing "over sized" acorns between Main Street and Wall Street nests.

60 Congressional offices in 21 states organized similar demonstrations today as part of National Nurses United's "Main Street Contract for America" Campaign.