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Local leaders comment of the ‘fiscal cliff’ deal

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Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 7:04 am, Thu Jan 3, 2013.

The deal in Washington to avoid the “fiscal cliff” will bring a reprieve to California’s slowly rebounding economy, but uncertainty remains in part because Congress delayed action on federal spending cuts.

“It seems these are just hard decisions to make, similar to the ones we’ve had to make in the last five years, which haven’t always been popular, but needed to be made to move forward.”

Karen Schauer

Superintendent

Galt Joint Union Elementary School District

“With sequestration, they were talking about taking back 8 percent of our federal funding. For us, we receive about $2 million in Title 1 and other programs. The fact that something is signed is good, we think. But the education part and how it affects us is not clear.”

Debbie Schmidt

Director of Business

Galt Joint Union Elementary School District

“I am happy that the president and Congress took action to avoid the fiscal cliff. The estate tax fix is especially important to rural California, as it protects California’s family-owned farms.”

State Sen. Cathleen Galgiani

D-Stockton

“We were worried about the sequestrations. Those were all restored, so we don’t think we’re going to see negative effects. From an organizational level, the action taken was a good action.

“On a personal level, there is too much dysfunction at federal level. Universally, there is no impetus for negotiation, for coming to an agreement. They are better off politically if they show themselves to not have a desire to get business done.”

Rad Bartlam

Lodi City Manager

“I’m trying to give advice to people. They ask me, ‘Where are we on taxes?’ I don’t know. ‘Where are we on dividends?’ I don’t know.

“Are they in some sort of bubble back there that they don’t get that the total lack of clarity has an impact on decisions for businesses and for people? What bothers me is the fact that people on both sides are so firmly entrenched they not going to budge an inch. They don’t seem to get that it has consequences on business.

“It really confounds me. Business owners don’t know where to go.”

Christopher Olsen

Certified Financial Planner

Ameriprise Financial

“We’re always nervous whenever there are these decisions being made ... The district is still in ‘watch and wait’ mode. It keeps us off-center until we know whether these things are going to happen or not happen.”

Ralph Womack

Board Of Trustees President

Lodi Unified School District

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