On March 24, the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors held a public hearing to learn about the budget priorities of area residents. Virginia Organizing and partner groups in the area held a “Bake a Bigger Pie” action prior to the meeting, to remind the Board that protecting local agencies is important, but it's also important to demand that our state legislators help raise revenue to balance the drastic cuts made in Virginia's budget over the past 8 years.
Local residents handed out pies along with information on the need to push our representatives in Richmond to raise revenue from those who can afford it, and to modernize Virginia’s antiquated tax structure to give poor and middle class Virginians a break. Many Spotsylvania residents have seen drastic cuts to services as communities all across Virginia are forced to reckon with tighter budgets. Residents spoke out in front of the budget meeting on that ways their lives are impacted by budget cuts and on the need to raise revenue at the state level while updating the Commonwealth's out-of-date tax structure.