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December 04, 2012

Governors meet with Obama: Not taking sides, hoping for a fix to the fiscal cliff

A group of Democratic and Republican governors met today with President Obama to discuss efforts to avoid a tumble off the looming fiscal cliff.

The governors noted the debate will have a big effect on states, which rely heavily on federal aid for various programs. The confab featured three Democrats and three Republicans: Democrats Jack Markell of Delaware, Mark Dayton of Minnesota and Mike Beebe of Arkansas and Republicans Gary Herbert of Utah, Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Mary Fallin of Oklahoma.

"What we all agree on is something's got to get done," Markell said. "The idea that taxes on middle class Americans could go up at the beginning of the year if something isn't done is something that could negatively affect the economy in all of our states."

Markell said the group isn't at this time endorsing the president's plan -- or that of the House Republicans.

"We've got to come together and get this done," Herbert said. "This impacts the economy, the uncertainty that's out there lingering is creating havoc to the economy in our states."

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