New Web Site Shares Fiscal Cliff Information for Area Elected Officials, Stakeholders, and Residents

Dec 18, 2012

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) has launched a new web site for sharing information and analysis on the fiscal cliff and federal budget, so that its state and local government members, partners, and area residents understand the regional impacts as well as actions they can take in the coming days, weeks, and months.

The web site,, will be regularly updated with region-specific information, analysis by the Council of Governments and other experts, and news and videos, such as Alice Rivlin’s keynote address at COG’s annual meeting last week.

Rivlin, a senior economist at the Brookings Institution and an expert on the federal budget, said she believes the President and Congress will reach an agreement to avoid the mandatory tax and spending cuts. She called the budgetary predicament a major but also “artificial, elementary” problem about which the public should be outraged. In the speech, Rivlin outlines her solution for improving the country’s long-term fiscal situation.

In November, COG leaders sent a letter to Congress strongly urging federal officials to avert the cliff. At the same time, the Council of Governments has developed and is advancing Economy Forward, a five-point plan to strengthen the region’s competitiveness and prepare for a future of decreased federal spending.

Back to news

Related News

  • News

    Q&A: Prince George's County Chief Administrative Officer Nicholas Majett

    April 18, 2017

    Nicholas (Nick) Majett, Prince George’s County Chief Administrative Officer, has been a COG member since May 2014, when he first joined Prince George’s County...

  • News

    COG's Chuck Bean talks 'human capital' and economic growth on CBS DC

    April 3, 2017

    In March, COG Executive Director Chuck Bean was a guest on CBS DC’s Washington Report, where he discussed the importance of the region’s human capital to its...

  • UMD Biopark

    Regional organizations release plan to boost exports

    January 12, 2017

    The Greater Washington Metro Export Plan, released at the January meeting of the COG Board of Directors, calls for increasing the region’s participation in the...