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Magic City Council of demonstrates
Members of the Magic City Council of demonstrate along the 1100 block of North 27th Street on Monday afternoon. The group held signs supporting fair-share taxation and demonstrating against large corporations that use services provided by taxation but pay little or no taxes because of loopholes.

About 20 people gathered Monday in downtown Billings to support social programs and to call for fair taxation.

The Magic City MoveOn Council held a tax-day rally along North 27th Street between 10th and 11th avenues North. They held signs supporting unions and calling for corporations and the rich to pay their fair share in taxes.

"There are groups of U.S. citizens who receive favored status, who don't pay their fair share ... of their taxes. Yet, they have amassed vast fortunes using central services our taxes provide," organizer Mike Fried said.

Speakers included Kayla Miller, student body president at Montana State University Billings; Stacy James, chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Montana; and the Rev. Kim Woeste, associate pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ.

Miller said she works 40 hours a week as a full-time student, and she's worried about the "atrocious" cuts planned for the Pell Grant program.

"While I gladly pay my fair share, I expect the same of the corporations that do business in my community," she said.

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