Reed cuts office budget

Staff reports

U.S Rep. Tom Reed has reduced his office’s 2012 budget.

Reed said his office budget for 2012 will be cut 6.5 percent. The budget includes staff salaries, rents and utilities, printing, postage and other operational costs.

“We were sent to Washington to cut spending,” Reed said. “In 2011, our office budget was cut five percent from 2010. Now in 2012, we will spend even less. We are asking all government agencies to get by with a lower budget, and our office should be no different.”

Reed said the federal government borrows more than 40 cents of every dollar it spends.

“There can be no doubt that it must get smaller and spend less,” Reed said. “We’re trying to lead by example.”