TEA parties set for Carson City, Sacramento
April 14, 2009
Lawmakers will see protesters outside the Legislature and Capitol April 15 in Carson City and in Sacramento as part of a nationwide protest against government waste and taxes.
Held on the deadline for paying federal taxes, organizers are calling it the Tax Day TEA Party.
Dorothy Peterson of Douglas County said TEA stands for Taxed Enough Already.
“It’s non-partisan, not supposed to be Democrat against Republican or anything like that,” she said. “It’s just citizens who are tired of being taxed irresponsibly.”
Alexia Storey, a Carson City bartender, said the goal is to draw enough people to surround the Capitol “to show the government we’re all around them.”
She said similar protests are being held across the country.
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“We do not want anybody to think we’re a bunch of right wing conservatives out here yelling at the president. We’re just a bunch of people who want their voices heard.”
She emphasized the protest is a peaceful event.
“We’re protesting taxation without representation,” she said. “People are coming from around the state to say don’t raise our taxes, stop spending our money.”
She said organizers will also be collecting names of people who want to remain active in the fight against higher taxes “instead of just letting everything die after the TEA Party.”
The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday in front of the Capitol and Legislature.