Re "State's economic recovery may hang in the balance" (Page A1, Dec. 28): Washington's failure to strike a fiscal cliff deal will be dire for California's budget. But the heaviest blow will be dealt to us, the middle class. The average family will have to pay $1,600 more in taxes if nothing is done before Jan. 1.
Just as California's housing market is picking up and unemployment is falling, consumer spending will fall, more homeowners will default on their mortgages, and more workers will be laid off. Congress should invest in the middle class, not cut out legs out from under us.
Extending the middle class tax cuts is the simple, obvious way forward. We've seen enough of finger pointing from Congress. I've got a suggestion for House Speaker John Boehner's New Year's resolution: Put working families ahead of scoring political points and extend the tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans immediately.
-- Patrick Stelmach, Folsom