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Dayton, Walker Meet with Obama

Posted at: 12/04/2012 7:09 AM
Updated at: 12/04/2012 10:53 PM

Six governors, including Minnesota's Mark Dayton and Wisconsin's Scott Walker, met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday to discuss the fallout of Washington's search for a long-term debt fix.

The bipartisan group says they sought assurances from President Barack Obama that any cuts in spending to address the looming "fiscal cliff" would not shift the financial burden onto states. They say they want flexibility from the federal government on mandated programs to allow them to do more with less.

The governors met with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to urge that the White House and Congress negotiate a deal that avoids automatic across-the-board tax hikes and drastic spending cuts.

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat and chairman of the National Governors Association, said the governors didn't endorse either the president's proposal to raise taxes on wealthier Americans or Republican proposals to raise revenue by closing tax loopholes and deductions.

Obama and a divided Congress have until the end of the month to head off across-the-board tax increases and automatic spending cuts. A recession is feared if they fail to reach a deal.

The deliberations over the so-called fiscal cliff are throwing state budgets into doubt.

Minnesota is preparing for an economic forecast Wednesday that could become quickly outdated depending on what happens in Washington.

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