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Duncan Shares Perspective Regarding Fiscal Cliff Agreement

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Among his comments: "Both Republicans and Democrats got something from the deal."

January 4, 2013

As the Congress reached a last-minute, bipartisan agreement that allows income tax rates to rise for the first time in twenty years, Northwood Florida President Tom Duncan in a live NBC-TV interview weighed in on the top three things Americans can take away from the agreement that, for now, helped avoid the "fiscal cliff."

"First, both Republicans and Democrats got something from the deal," said Duncan of the agreement. "Democrats got higher taxes on couples making $450,000 and higher per year; Republicans got permanent status for the Bush tax cuts for couples making less than $450,000/year, and also won concessions on inheritance taxes for family farms and related firms," said Duncan.

Second, Duncan noted that "Election results matter. He pointed out that President Obama was "in a stronger position to get tax increases on upper-income taxpayers since winning the election."

Finally, Duncan reminded viewers on WPTV that important issues are still to be decided, and that House Republicans "will be in a stronger position on upcoming votes on the debt ceiling and spending cuts."

Appointed Northwood Florida President in July, 2012, Duncan has become recognized as a valued political, economic, and social commentator for CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX television affiliates in the Palm Beach area. From 2007-2009, Duncan was Visiting Professor of Higher Education at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He served as a senior staff member to Missouri Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management from 1985-1989, as well as Director of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration from 1989-1992. Prior to his government service, he was an assistant professor of government and public administration at Evangel College (now Evangel University) in Springfield, Missouri from 1980-1984. He later served colleges and universities in California, Arizona, and Ohio in faculty and administrative capacities.

Duncan earned his PhD. in higher education from the University of Arizona in 2005; an M.A. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979; his B.A. in government from Evangel College in 1975; and a course of study in preparation for Anglican ordination with the Anglican Mission in the Americas. He is an ordained minister with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). In addition to his higher education service, Duncan has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in religious communities in California, Arizona, Missouri, and Wisconsin.