POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Johnson praises Social Security increase

Camie Young

Camie Young

One of Gwinnett's congressmen is praising the decision to increase Social Security benefits in 2012.

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, whose 4th District includes parts of Lilburn and Norcross, said the cost of living adjustment will help the elderly and disabled struggling in this economy.

"Fifty-five million Americans depend on Social Security to help pay for food, medicine, and housing," Johnson said. "I'm pleased that benefits will increase next year to help Americans get by in this tough economy."

According to statistics provided by the Social Security Administration, nearly 80,000 people in the 4th District receive benefits, including nearly 50,000 retirees.

In the 7th District, which contains the remainder of Gwinnett as well as Barrow, Walton and portions of Forsyth and Rockdale counties, more than 100,000 people receive Social Security benefits.

Snellville forum

Snellville's mayoral candidates will square off in a debate Thursday night.

Barbara Bender and Kelly Kautz, both former councilwomen, will take part in a debate put on by South Gwinnett High's Advanced Placement U.S. government students.

The 7 p.m. debate will include opening statements, questions from a student panel, rebuttals following each question and closing statements. It will be held at the school's theater.

For more information, call 770-973-4840.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post. Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com. For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/politics


NewsReader 3 years ago

Will they debate whether or not Guam will capsize?


SuxBeanU 3 years ago

Yeah, what wasn't mentioned was that the increase will be offset by an increase in Medicare premiums. Conveniently forgot to mention that.


kevin 3 years ago

I agree 100%. Congress and public employees probably got their COLA increases without missing a heartbeat.


CD 3 years ago

Sounds like a good excuse to raise property taxes, Gwinnett Republican Delegation. Really, if grandma will have a few extra bucks, should that go to buy food and medicine or fill the pockets of our local band of merry criminals? I'm sure the choice will be easy.


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