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USA Today: Minn. sports company seeks fiscal cliff certainty

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USA Today reports that companies around the nation are poised to unleash new products and expand in new markets – if only they had some certainty from Washington that politicians will strike a deal to avert the fiscal cliff.

Among them is a Minneapolis company that has developed a durable plastic wall for a popular elementary-school sport similar to dodge ball called gaga, USA Today says.

Sports Resource Group of Minneapolis chief Chris Guertin is afraid parent groups won't be able to raise $3,700 for the walls given uncertainty parents are facing on taxes, the newspaper says. The company plans to expand if it can start selling the walls.

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