Transportation funding, fiscal cliff topics at chamber meeting

Transportation funding, fiscal cliff topics at chamber meeting

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Unemployment, the Savannah Deepening Project and the future of the state's budget all topics part of Wednesday's Eggs and Issues breakfast.

The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the Annual Eggs and Issues breakfast meeting at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott. The chamber holds the breakfast each year before the legislative session to let lawmakers know the needs of the local business community.

The chamber's Legislative Affairs Counsel gathers input to shape the agenda. Other topics addressed by the Chatham delegation include transportation funding and the fiscal cliff.

"We are concerned if we do go over the fiscal cliff, it would be devastating to Georgia," said Sen. Buddy Carter. "It will impact our budget almost immediately. We stand to lose $220 million in federal funds alone if that does go through. "

Carter said one-third of defense spending potentially could be cut. He said there are 13 bases in Georgia, and the number of jobs the state could potentially lose will be devastating to the economy.

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