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"We would have to cut back possibly on renovations that we have planned, bringing on additional people, so there's things we'd have to look at to see what we could afford," says Beckner.
For the last 15 years, Deb Falkenhan has been running the hardware store her father first bought back in 1968. She didn't hesitate for a moment when asked where she'd trim if she had to.
"Inventory would probably be the first thing I looked at, just to cut back on the quantity of what I buy," says Falkenhan. "Instead of buying 12, buy 6."
It seems simple enough: spend less. Hold off on hiring new employees and delay starting new projects. No matter who you talk to, $85 billion is a lot of money, but when you look at what's been unfolding these last few weeks in Washington, it's important to remember Congress was asked to cut just 2 cents from every dollar and those dollars come from you.
"Nobody wants to give an inch," says Falkenhan. "They all want to be stubborn."
"There's no real common sense in what they do," says Beckner. "It's back to Democrat and Republican and that's the only thing it is. It's got nothing to do with we the people."
Their longevity: a sign of success that comes from serving their customers well, taking care of their employees, and when times are tough, choosing to cut back as opposed to closing the door completely. You can add your voice to the conversation about the federal budget cuts. Just go to Fox17.com and click on YOUR VOICE, YOUR FUTURE. There you will find links to additional information about the sequester and you can leave your thoughts.
Tuesday, March 5 2013, 10:52 PM CST
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.