PORTLAND — Maine small business owners are speaking out about the ongoing negotiations in Washington over the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

Members of the Maine Small Business Coalition are holding a media conference call Thursday to advocate for higher taxes on incomes above $250,000 and protection of Social Security and Medicare programs that the coalition says support small business owners and their customers.

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The president and Republican congressional leaders are negotiating in Washington on a bipartisan deal to avert what has been labeled the fiscal cliff. Without an agreement, broad tax increases on nearly all taxpayers and budget-wide spending cuts will be triggered in early January.

The Maine Small Business Coalition represents more than 3,400 small business owners in Maine.