Governor Dayton, Walker in D.C. to Talk Fiscal Cliff

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Governor Dayton, Walker in D.C. to Talk Fiscal Cliff

December 4, 2012 Updated Dec 4, 2012 at 7:14 PM CDT

Washington D.C. (NNC NOW) - The governors were part of a bi–partisan group of six governors who met with President Obama, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, and other top White House officials.

According to Dayton, a driving reason for the special session was to obtain more clarity on how changes to taxes and federal spending would affect state budgets.

According to Walker, the session was not about the endorsement of a plan, but the development of one.

"We're not here to fix all the problems of Washington. The President, the members of Congress, are here to do that. We're here to offer a resource in a way that could help not just our state government, but the people we respect in each of our states," said Walker.

"As long as our goals are aligned with the objectives of the program, and the objectives of [Obama's] administration, they're very open to discussion about how we can experiment—how we can do things in am ore streamlined way," said Dayton.

The group hopes the session will also demonstrate the necessity for both parties to compromise as the fiscal cliff deadline approaches.

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