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With time running out in 2012, we wanted to know how people are responding locally to the news that come next year their taxes will be higher.
Our Nick Perreault went around East Lansing to find out.
Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers says it's not taxes that are pushing the country over the fiscal cliff, but spending.
"The debt is what will rob our children from the America we now know, that's the problem we are trying to get at," said Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers.
The United States, according to Rogers is spending roughly a Trillion dollars a year more than it takes in, but it's a problem he says can be fixed
"A fundamental change of the tax code, so we make it easier for businesses to hire people, easier for businesses to invest in themselves, that would be a huge game changer," Congressman Rogers said.
But as the new year approaches some say the fiscal cliff is just noise.
"The cliff is nothing but hype to make us panic and possibly push for a resolve," said Shaftsburg Resident Laura Miller.
A resolve that Lansing resident Tony Brandau says the public shouldn't worry about.
"You hope for the best you go to work you do your job, if the government is going to take more money, I can't control that," Tony Brandau said.
Having more money taken out of her paycheck is something Helen Fountain, who works at the Hall of Fame Café is something she says will be difficult.
"Paying for school and all my books and my rent every month and it's just going to be hard, I'm probably going to have to work more," Fountain said.
And learn to set a budget, something she says her family already started to do this year.
"They told me Christmas was going to be tight and probably next year, especially with my brother and I having tuition, it's just expensive, life's getting expensive."
And until congress can work out a deal, people will have to learn to deal with more coming out of their pocket.
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