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Daley Defends Budget Cuts

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Ignoring sniping from all sides, Mayor Daley said today he's not about to soften the cuts in his tough-times 2009 budget because there's no money to pay for it.

"This is a very difficult economy and taxpayers are suffering. ... Ask any taxpayer. You want to increase the real estate tax? You want to increase the sales tax? Do you want to increase the gas tax? How do you pay for things you can't pay for?" Daley said.

"You have to balance your budget. These are difficult times. ... I'd like to have more policemen. I'd like to have all of these things. Sure. Everybody would. If you ask any citizen, they'd like to have it. But, next year is gonna be worse than this year. We have to be realistic."

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