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Federal budget limbo is hurting states, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says

At national governors conference in Washington, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and other states' governors say they recognize the need for federal spending cuts, though Fallin makes clear her disagreement with President Barack Obama on raising taxes.
by Chris Casteel Modified: February 23, 2013 at 9:41 pm •  Published: February 23, 2013

‘Share the pain'

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said governors agree that deficits had to be reduced and that “We're going to have to be part of the solution and share the pain.”

He said federal and state officials should work together to find priorities, “and where are the best places to make cuts and where are the best places to close loopholes and ... find other sources of revenue.”

‘Opposite approach'

But Fallin, a Republican, said, “I personally believe that increasing taxes does not create a better business environment. I've taken the opposite approach in Oklahoma by cutting our taxes.”

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat and the chairman of the governors association, rejected the notion that the White House had recently been exaggerating the potential impact of the cuts.

Markell said White House explanations are making the cuts real to people.

“One of the most important responsibilities that any of us have in our states is to make sure we are communicating in a very clear way what the impact is. on real people,” he said.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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What's next?

The governors are scheduled to have dinner Sunday night at the White House, then meet with the president and Vice President Joe Biden on policy matters Monday, the last day of the conference.

Earlier meeting

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and Gov. Mary Fallin met with Obama, Biden and other top administration officials in December to talk about budget issues.


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