Slick roads will greet most folks as you head out the door this morning, so take your time on that commute. Most of the major rivers have started to drop, but there is still some flooding in some areas. Keep it locked to WYMT for updates.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A new government report says the so-called fiscal cliff would send the economy back into recession and cause a spike in the jobless rate to 9.1 percent by next fall.
The Congressional Budget Office analysis says the combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts would cut the deficit by $503 billion through next September. But that would cause the economy to shrink by 0.5 percent next year.
The report comes as a newly re-elected President Barack Obama and Congress are seeking ways to avert the problems.
The study estimates that America's gross domestic product would grow by 2.2 percent if the Bush-era tax rates were extended and expand by almost 3 percent if Obama's payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed are extended.