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Okla. Gov. Warns Congress Over Debt Limit (Jan 09, 2013)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin (R-OK) and Gov. Jack Markell (D-DE) warned Congress Wednesday that lingering uncertainty over raising the nation’s debt limit could hinder their state budgets and job growth.

The two governors outlined state agendas in 20-13 as part of the National Governors Association.

Fallin serves as the vice chair of the NGA, and highlighted what she calls a “flexible federalism,” where states are treated as partners, not underlings.

"We want to work to implement good public policy with the government," Fallin said. "As we told the president and Congressional leaders, reducing the deficit simply by shifting costs to the state is not indicative of a good partnership.”

Fallin also said Congress should not impose maintenance of effort provisions on states as a condition of federal funding. Markell said if the nation’s debt limit isn’t raised soon, disruptions to federal spending and capital markets could hurt states.



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