September 1, 2014

Lawmakers Likely to Hash Out Easy Fiscal-Cliff Compromises First, Then Tackle Big Issues

November 23, 2012
Detroit Free Press (McClatchy)

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The third area of budget talks is likely to involve what is considered easy stuff, likely to be an integral part of the shorter-term fix. Blueprints for those plans, which can involve less spending and special user fees, are already in place, thanks to 2011 bipartisan negotiations as well as detailed reports from two independent commissions.

"There's enough on the spending side so they could work that kind of (short-term) deal," said Robert Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan budget research group.