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Michigan Lawmakers Respond to Fiscal Cliff Deal

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Tuesday proved difficult to get news out of Washington in respect to the fiscal cliff.

The Communications Director for Congressman Mike Rogers says even their office is in the dark. Neither Congressmen Tim Walberg or Dave Camp returned our calls for comment on the pending legislation.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has publicly stated that he does not support the bill.

However, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow says it's a win for middle-class Americans because it raises income tax rates on people with higher incomes. That includes a single people who earns $400,000 and married couples who earn $450,000 a year.

"For me, the bottom line is that for the first time we are saying clearly that wealthiest Americans need to be part of solving this budget deficit by contributing a little bit more while we protect middle class tax cuts. So that was accomplished and that was very, very important for our middle class families in Michigan," said Stabenow.

If it passes, every working American will have more taken out of their paychecks because payroll taxes will increase 2 percent. Therefore, if you earn $25,000 a year, in 2013, you'll pay $500 more in taxes.

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