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August 4th, 2011
10:01 AM ET

Mayors of two struggling cities discuss their plans to tackle deficits

America's cities are facing tough challenges when coping with some of the most daunting and widespread fiscal crises in decades.

Facing budget deficits and near bankruptcy conditions in their cities, mayors across the country have been presented with difficult decisions when figuring out what needs to be cut in order the balance their budgets.

Tony Mack, Mayor of Trenton, New Jersey, and Dayne Walling, Mayor of Flint, Michigan are two mayors who have had to make painful cuts in their cities.

Mayor Mack plans to cut 108 police department jobs–a full third of Trenton's police force–to try to deal with a $55 million deficit he inherited. Mayor Walling cut Flint's police force last year by 30%, despite the fact that the city is one of the most dangerous in the country.

Both Mayor Mack and Mayor Walling join Carol Costello on American Morning today to discuss the tough cutbacks they have been forced to make and to weigh in on the recent federal debate over the debt ceiling.

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