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Liberal Activists Rally On The "Fiscal Cliff"

Dozens of activists from labor, faith-based and community groups rallied on Main Street in Springfield Massachusetts Thursday to send a message to budget negotiators in Washington.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

Speakers at the noon time rally said there should be no cuts to Medicare, Medicaid or other social safety net programs  as a way to avoid the so-called “ fiscal cliff”.  Tim Carpenter, executive director of Progressive Democrats of America urged President Obama to back Main Street, not Wall Street.

The activists called on the state’s Congressional delegation to back a proposal called “ The Budget For All”  It prevents cuts to social programs, raises taxes on corporations and the top two percent of wage earners and redirects military spending to domestic needs.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.