State lawmakers on the fiscal cliff
FORT MYERS, Fla. - "We need to get something done," said Kathy Cobb, of Cape Coral. "I don't want to be paying higher taxes."
Wilhelm Porteners, of Clarkston, MI, disagreed, "Not only the rich, the middle class too, let us all pay more taxes," he said. "I think that will get us all out of trouble."
It was a cornerstone of President Obama's re-election campaign. Renewing expiring tax cuts enacted during the Clinton Administration.
"The elections have gone a whole different way and it's a little disgusting that they do it now," said Gerard Butler, of Cape Coral.
And now is when congressional leaders must decide. An example is whether to let payroll rates expire by 2 percent, which would cost the average worker $1,000 next year.
Fox 4 reached out to local politicians for comment.
In a statement, a spokesman for Senator Rubio said the following:
"Sen. Rubio does not want to see us go over the fiscal cliff, which would result in huge tax increases. He is firmly against any tax increases that would hurt job creation and economic growth."
From Senator Nelson's office, a spokeswoman issued a similar take:
"Sen. Nelson doesn't support the country going off the fiscal cliff, and he doesn't support taxes being raised on middle class families."
And Congressman Connie Mack, too, saying he won't support any fiscal cliff agreement:
"Only the President and Democrats in Washington think it's a good idea to waste taxpayers money, create huge deficits and debt and then try to solve this problem by confiscating more money from the American people with the promise to only waste more money."