Budget Battles

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Monday, February 28, 2011 - 8:45am

Budget battles in Washington D.C. and across the nation continue.

After threatening to kick them out, authorities let protesters spend another night at Wisconsin's State Capitol, but their budget battle continues. Governor Scott Walker says without big cuts that prevent collective bargaining, they will lose 15-hundred jobs.

"We're broke and it's about time somebody stood up and told truth in this state," said Walker.

New Jersey is also facing a crunch. Governor Chris Christie wants to cut health and pension benefits.

He is worried about the budget battle in Washington.

"There's no amount of taxation that's ever going to keep up with the amount of spending increase that we have," said Christie.

President Obama hosted the nation's Governors last night and assured them.

"Know that you've got a partner here in the White House," said Obama.

But the problem is on Capitol Hill. This week lawmakers consider a two-week extension, with 4 billion in cuts. But they are cutting from the smallest piece of the pie.

North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad said, "To just be focusing on 12 percent of the budget, we're never going to solve the problem there."

A government shutdown could happen Friday if Democrats and Republicans can't agree.
 

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