DETROIT (WWJ) – A group of protestors carried signs and played dodgeball Monday afternoon outside WDIV-TV in downtown Detroit.

Pastor W.J. Rideoutof All God’s People Church in Detroit said they came together to protest the $4.7 billion in tax breaks  General Electric has received from the federal government.

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“GE is tax dodging and their tax dodging hurts our community,” Rideout told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Sandra McNeil.

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“They made $10.5 billion in United States profits. They spent $83 million on lobbyists for government access,” he said. “They paid monies and federal taxes and they receive $4.7 billion in tax refunds.”

Rideout said despite the breaks, GE has sent more jobs overseas. “They’re taking jobs, they’re taking money. They’re not helping our community,” he said.

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Rideout  said all these lost tax dollars are badly needed in Metro Detroit.

“We’re not being able to repair roads, to help city workers, state workers, county workers, low-income impoverished people … it hurts our medical costs,” Rideout said. “NBC needs to do its job to cover GM tax problems and breaks.”

GE is part-owner of NBC.

Rideout said if large companies like GE would pay taxes, cities like Detroit wouldn’t need state help.

GE spokesman Andrew Williams says the company got a tax break in 2008 when it lost billions in the financial crisis. But he says GE paid a billion in federal, state and local taxes in 2010 and supports closing tax loopholes even though it may cost the company more.

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WWJ has a call out to WDIV for comment.