Gwinnettians will have two chances this week to learn about the much-debated "fiscal cliff" capturing attention in Washington.
One of the county's congressmen will address the issue during a telephone town hall meeting with constituents, and one of the country's leading economic forecasters will tackle the issue during an annual address to the Council of Quality Growth.
Donald Ratajczak, a retired Georgia State University professor, said he will give his take on what rising taxes and pending cuts would mean to the economy during a speech Wednesday at the Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place.
"Dr. Ratajczak is the only forecaster I've heard that presents this material accurately and humorously. He's always entertaining and insightful," said Michael Paris, president & CEO of the Council for Quality Growth, adding that the expert will talk about not only the impact on the national economy but on metro Atlanta.
Guests can register for the luncheon at www.councilforqualitygrowth.org
On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall will discuss the issue during his monthly town hall.
"America's well-being hangs in the balance of decisions we make over the next few weeks," Woodall said. "As fiscal talks escalate here in Congress, it's critical that the 7th District knows what is happening in Washington and that I hear their input. While the House's schedule prevents me from scheduling any in-person town hall meetings this month, I have an aggressive telephone town hall meeting schedule that will ensure the opportunity for constituents to stay in touch."
The first event is scheduled for 7 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, with sessions set for 7 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 and 9:30 to 10 a.m. Dec. 15.
To participate, call 877- 229-8493 and give the passcode 17849.
"If there is one thing the 7th District can always count on, it's for me to be available to them -- to share what's happening in Washington, to listen to their concerns, discuss their ideas, and field their criticisms," he said in a press release. "I hope to hear from many of those that I represent at these upcoming telephone town hall meetings."
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