Obama and Governors Elect

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 11:27am

President Obama meets with Governors-elect at the White House.

When Governors meet with President Obama today, they'll say their budgets are thin and in many cases, Washington is not helping.

Ohio Governor-Elect John Kasich said, "The policies in Washington are hurting our states’ ability to create jobs!"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "Tax cuts for the rich do not create jobs."

The President is hopeful his team can strike a deal to prevent year-end tax hikes.

"We're going to be able to solve this problem," said President Obama.

After an initial meeting with the administration, Republicans claim the White House is talking compromise, but Democrats on Capitol Hill won't budge. They are pushing votes on tax cuts just for the middle class.

House Minority Leader John Boehner said, "All of them continue to play political games. The American people said on Election Day, 'Stop the games.'"

The Governors are expected to talk taxes with the President today. Republican Governors already met with their party leaders in Congress...promising to speak up.

Oklahoma Governor-Elect Mary Fallin said, "Standing up to Washington, when Washington does something to kill jobs or pass unfunded mandates onto the states."

The National Governors Association reports state tax revenue is down and states are bracing for less Federal help by raising taxes and cutting services.

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