Small-business owners rally against tax increase

Members of a group called The Action rallly Saturday at the Mesa County Courthouse against tax hikes for the middle class.

Alex Mackey and Ryan Dittmer are small-business owners in Grand Junction concerned about the ramifications of a hike in their taxes.

In an effort to support others in the area making $250,000 or less annually, Mackey, owner of Roasted Espresso and Subs, 502 Colorado Ave., and Dittmer, co-owner of Wraps on Main, 150 W. Main St., gathered Saturday at the Mesa County Courthouse for a small rally to support the notion that the middle class should be put ahead of millionaires in the ongoing fiscal debate about how this country can cut spending and raise revenue.

Nearly two dozen other small business owners or like-minded community members joined them, holding signs that said things such as, “Middle Class Grow$ The Economy” and “Middle Class Over Millionaires.”

The rally was organized by the grassroots movement The Action, which was set up across the country right after the election to bring together those who want tax cuts preserved for the middle class making $250,000 or less and would rather see taxes increased for the wealthiest Americans.

Mackey acknowledged that politicians have some “really tough decisions” ahead of them this month as the country creeps closer to the “fiscal cliff.”

Dittmer added that small-business owners like himself and Mackey “will be the ones to get hurt” if middle class tax increases go up.

Also participating in Saturday’s event was Maria Keenan, whose family owns the small business Keenan Construction, 404 Marianne Drive.

She did not address the crowd but had a message for those in Congress, specifically U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo, who represents this area.

“You are making a really important decision,” Keenan said. “Protect the middle class.”


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