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November 25, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Middle class can’t afford tax hike

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As we get closer to Christmas, I begin to worry more about the “fiscal cliff” than I do about what gifts to buy.

If we don’t extend the tax cuts for the 98 percent (me), I’ll probably be paying close to $150 a month more in taxes.

I believe I can manage it, although I’ll have to stop eating out monthly. I already cut cable and other monthly bills I can do without. I’m not sure how some of my neighbors who have children will fare.

If the middle-class income is $53,000 in Nevada, that doesn’t leave much wiggle room to make cuts. I hope one day the middle class can be strong enough again to sustain higher taxes, but meanwhile I think it would be devastating to many families.

The rich, or top 2 percent, can afford it. I would love to make $250,000 a year or more even if I got taxed more. I know the rich don’t think it’s fair, but please remember that even with 4 percent less a month, they’re still way better off than most people.

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