Locals Mixed on Fiscal Cliff, Agree Deal Taking Too Long

Posted at: 12/31/2012 6:52 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The pending fiscal cliff brings many concerns for tax payers.

"It's a difficult situation obviously raising taxes is a general concern that people are looking and the uncertainty with the poor economy," said Travis Michels.

But for some the issue is too complicated to even raise those fears.

"I honestly don't think about it much because I just take it one day at a time and whether it's good or bad I just don't think about it," said Preston Paul.

One things for sure some lawmakers are downright frustrated.

"This is real, it's people's lives, it shouldn't be that difficult and waiting until the last minute is reckless," said congressman Tim Walz.

Walz says the most important part of solving the fiscal cliff is not letting the Bush Era tax cuts expire.

"It's critically important that come January, the American people know what that paycheck is going to look like and what they can spend."

He also says there is much more that needs to be worked on once the tax cuts have been renewed.

"I think in the long run it's trying to make small reductions and making the revenue match spending, making sure were investing in things that grow the economy," said Walz.

Whether lawmakers can agree or not...

"It's not surprising," said Paul.

Everyone seems to think that it should have never come to this.

"It always goes to the final hour and it's a consistent pattern of how Washington works and I find it disappointing," said Michels.

Congressman Walz also said it's not just the fiscal cliff, but that there needs to be discussion of complete tax reform in 2013.