With 35 percent unemployment in building trades and looming state budget cuts to education, labor unions and allies are demanding Wall Street banks pay their "fair share."
More than 200 women leaders call for a "sensible" tax rate to overcome budget crisis of "epic proportions."
"Government has a responsibility to assist people in these hard economic times," former autoworker Clem Smith told a crowd on the state Capitol steps.
ORLANDO, Fla. (PAI) - Pat Quinn claims he is thinking out of the box. The times - and the economy of both his state and the nation - demand it. And he wishes politicians in Washington would do the same.
Extension of jobless benefits is delayed again in the Senate, while conservatives push spending freezes and tax breaks for the rich.
Oregon voters sent a message to the nation yesterday, raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy to prevent cuts in education and other public services.
Seventy-three percent of Americans, including a majority of Republicans, like the idea of taxing those fat Wall Street bonuses.