#NotOnePenny: Kentuckians rally against tax legislation

More than 100 people joined community leaders and elected officials Dec. 10, rallying outside Louisville Metro Hall taking a visible stance against Congress's tax bill.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Dressed in their hats and scarves and heavy coats, the cold December wind still cut through their layers, sending shivers through the crowd gathered outside Louisville Metro Hall Sunday afternoon. But the more than a hundred people out there are choosing to brave the chill as they talk about a heated topic - taxes.

 
"This is the reason I'm out here freezing," James Marquart said.


Chants of "Not one penny" rang out in unison as those attending the rally made their voices heard as they cried out against the GOP-backed tax bill.


"This is for our future, for our children's future and my grandchildren - once I have grandchildren," Cindy Brown, an educator from Mercer County, Kentucky, more than an hour's drive away from Louisville, said. "It's for their future."


Rep. John Yarmuth, D.-Kentucky, and other leaders spoke out against the legislation that they said will give tax breaks to the country's most wealthy while placing the burden on the other 99 percent. According to Yarmuth, working families will get a small tax cut in 2019 and 2020, but those tax breaks will go away while the corporate tax breaks will continue.


"There's a lot at stake for states like Kentucky as well," he said. "I'm in the 1 percent. I've been very fortune. There is no way in good conscience can I say I deserve a tax break when we're burdening our future generations with another trillion and a half dollars in debt."


"Unfortunately I'm 83 and I'll be dead," Marquart said. "It's not going to hurt me personally, but that's not the important thing. The important thing is fairness for all American people."


One week earlier, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R.-Kentucky, spoke with reporters in Louisville, telling them the economic benefit from the tax bill would more than make up for any projected increase in the deficit.


While many are calling the legislation a Republican bill, not all Republicans are behind it. Marquart said the legislators behind the bill do not share the same values as his Republican family.


"They were recognized for what they did for the community, for what they did for each other and for what they did for their neighbors, not for what they could take away from people," he said.


They hope by making their voices in downtown Louisville and across the nation, their words will spur action against the bill.


"I think the way we tell them is we vote them out and start over," Brown said.


The tax bill will head to a conference committee, after which a final version will be presented before Congress for a vote.

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