30 Hour Vigil For Fiscal Cliff Awareness

By KBJR News 1

November 30, 2012 Updated Nov 30, 2012 at 10:32 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A 30 hour vigil was underway Friday in downtown Duluth as community members push for the priorities of the middle class as the Fiscal Cliff looms closer.

The group has been spreading their message since 7:00 A.M. at the Federal Building outside the office of Republican Congressman Chip Cravaak.

People taking part in the vigil support President Obama's to extend tax cuts for families making less that 250 thousand dollars a year.

"If you look at the median and average income in Duluth, this is really going to help most Duluthians. The truth of the matter is, that it also protects small businesses because roughly 97 percent of small businesses in the United States fell into that middle class income bracket," Jackie Hallberg, a vigil attendee, said.

According to the White House National Economic Report, a typical Minnesota family of four with a total income of $86K could see a tax increase of nearly $2,200 dollars and that consumers nationwide would spend roughly $200B less in 2013.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness and Councilwoman Emily Larson will speak outside the federal building on Saturday at 11:00 A.M.

Justin Reis, NNC. jreis@northlandsnewscenter.com