Tea partiers along with The Freedom Foundation and progressives from a group called Fuse are scheduled to hold competing “tax day” rallies at the state Capitol tthis afternoon (Friday).
On one side protesters will call for deeper cuts to state government spending than the Legislature has proposed so far, and on the other they’ll be asking for tax increases to mitigate reductions to social services.
“Our message is government spending at both the state and the federal level is out of control,” said Lasse Lund, spokesman for The Freedom Foundation.
Lund said the slogan for the tea party’s third annual tax day rally would be “more solutions, less spending,” and he expected about 1,000 protesters to be in Olympia calling for smaller government.
Fuse spokesman Collin Jergens said he expects a smaller crowd of about 100 for a counter-rally.
Like protesters who came to Olympia last week, Jergens said, the group would be calling for an end to tax exemptions, including those for banks, private jets and cosmetic surgery.
“The Legislature needs to end tax breaks for special interests and fund state services,” he said.
Both rallies are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., with the Freedom Foundation on the steps of the Legislative Building and Fuse in front of the Temple of Justice.
UPDATE on original April 14 post to note Evergreen Freedom Foundation's new name, The Freedom Foundation, and to emphasize the rallies are today (Friday).