Rep. Joe Armstrong of Knoxville wraps up the first year of his two-year term as president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators when the group's national convention ends Saturday in Memphis.
He will pass the gavel at next year's convention to President-Elect Sen. Catherine Pugh of Maryland. Her platform will be focused on "generating real economic equity."
"You know what I tell my counterparts? I tell them that there must be equitable distribution of funds to those who are not among the wealthiest Americans," said Sen. Pugh told The New Tri-State Defender.
"There are so many loopholes for the wealthy, but who bears most of the load – the middle class. If big corporations can get millions in tax breaks, then those who pay most of the taxes should have an equitable share in receiving assistance," she said.
Policies that support middle-class families and small business development will be strongly encouraged, Pugh said.
" Other very critical issues are being addressed under President Armstrong. We want to continue building on the strides being made. Economic development is key in attaining real equality."