Gov. Chris Gregoire, D-WA, speaks to the media during the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington on February 28, 2011. From left are Governors Martin O'Malley, D-MD, Gregoire, Sam Brownback, R-KS, and Gov. Dave Heineman, R-NE. Earlier the Governors met with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg.