FARMINGTON, Miss. (WTVA) -- U.S. Senator Roger Wicker spoke to WTVA in Farmington Wednesday afternoon about the fiscal cliff.
"Every Mississippian that pays income tax would see a pretty hefty tax increase come the first of the year, if we go over the fiscal cliff," said Wicker.
The fiscal cliff is a term that has been making headlines for months now.
The fear of a forthcoming financial nose dive for the American economy has a lot of people worried.
And Senator Wicker has a similar feeling.
"I'm very discouraged. Here we are six days before the end of the year, Congress doesn't go back into session till tomorrow afternoon. We are told that the president and majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, are working on a plan. But it will almost surely involve a tax increase on job creators," said Wicker.
Wicker went on to say that that is his concern.
Even though big industry comes in and creates jobs, Wicker credits mom and pop businesses to creating 90% of the jobs in the United States.
"So to take a big tax hike out of their bottom line is going to hurt job creation. That is our concern. We are still around 9% unemployment and it doesn't look like it's getting better," said Wicker.
Wicker also places a lot of the blame on Washington.
Saying that it's time for lawmakers to start making conscious financial decisions.
"What we need to admit in Washington D.C., is that we have a spending problem. With a trillion dollars per year deficit added on top the 16 trillion we already have? We're going to have to do like families do when they fall on hard times," added Wicker.