Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, right, speaks as President Barack Obama meets with members of the National Governors Association (NGA), regarding the fiscal cliff, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House. Counter clockwise, from Walker are, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Budget Director Jeff Zients, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs David Agnew, Director of National Economic Council Gene Sperling, NGA Vice Chair, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, and the president.

Charles Dharapak, Associated Press

Governors ask for flexibility in fiscal cliff deal

  • Associated Press
  • December 4, 2012 - 11:39 AM

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of governors 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 -- three Republicans and three Democrats -- 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.

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