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Rep. Duffy weighs in on President Obama's budget proposal Submitted: 02/01/2015
CRANDON - President Obama's budget wants to accomplish a number of things. The president wants to end spending caps, pay for community college tuition and give the middle class more tax relief, but Obama might not get what he wants.

Republicans hold majorities in both the Senate and House of Representatives. It's the first time since 2006. Obama's proposal would raise taxes on high income households.

However, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) believes it would hurt small businesses here in the Northwoods.

"A lot of that money that is made, isn't going into someone's pocket, it's actually being driven back into research and development, in equipment and innovation, which creates more jobs in our communities," Duffy said.

Duffy said he doesn't support any of the President's proposals he's discussed over the last few weeks. However, the Republican does believe both parties can work on tax reform. Duffy he hopes to keep small community banks protected from over regulation.

"The big business, the Wall Street guys that are a part of the crisis, but their regulation is affecting our small community banks and credit unions, which affects our businesses and our families," Duffy said.

Obama says his budget will advance manufacturing, innovation and infrastructure for growth. The legislature will debate and change portions of the budget over the next few months.

Duffy spoke with constituents in Crandon on Friday.

Story By: Adam Fox

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Boy falls through iceSubmitted: 02/01/2015

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Bridge Clinic in Wausau welcomed people to sign up for health insurance options Saturday.

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