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Published April 29, 2011, 08:12 PM

Rep. Berg Hears Constituent Concerns at GF Town Hall

North Dakota Congressman Rick Berg made a stop in Grand Forks Friday for his town hall meeting tour. Almost 100 people turned out to voice their concerns with the country's financial situation.

North Dakota Congressman Rick Berg made a stop in Grand Forks Friday for his town hall meeting tour. Almost 100 people turned out to voice their concerns with the country's financial situation.

Many people voiced their concerns about tax credits, social security and money for higher education.

It was a chance for people concerned with issues in Washington and the country to come together.

"I'm very concerned about the excessive spending and lack of revenue generation in the federal government and specifically, I want to see refundable tax credits eliminated," concerned resident David George said.

George is concerned about all the money he gets back each year and thinks he should have to pay his fair share in taxes. He also has concerns about the budget.

"Paul Ryan's budget plan that came out a few weeks ago, I want to hear how it actually resolves the budget issues that we have in the federal government," George said.

The GOP budget for fiscal year 2012 calls for more than $6 trillion in

spending cuts over the next decade.

Congressman Rick Berg wants to hear constituent perspectives.

"The overall spending's a concern, the debt limit's a concern, the proposed 2012 budget's a concern. And quite frankly we didn't have a budget last year, so that's why it's important we engage people," Berg said.

Grand Forks is the fourth and final stop on Berg's Town Hall Meeting Tour. Some people feel good knowing he is hearing their concerns and bringing them back to Washington.

"I think we wanted more cuts and deeper cuts. I think November 2nd was a huge win for conservatism, but we're not necessarily seeing all that come to fruition in our state," supporter Janne Myrdal said.

"The system works if your representatives are listening to the people. I represent all the people and so I'm here to listen to the people," Berg said.

Berg also held meetings in Minot, Bismarck and Fargo.

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