U.S. governors fret over budget trims

Feb. 27, 2011 at 11:29 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Five days before the United States goes into a second year without a formal budget, state governors issued a bipartisan fiscal warning in Washington.

The 3-day annual convention of the National Governors Association focused on Democratic President Barack Obama's proposed budget and the Republican party's goal of making it even leaner to pare down the national debt.

Democrat Gov. Chris Gregoire of Washington State, who is chairman of the NGA, told a news conference Congress needs to be aware of the fragility of states' economies, The Washington Post reported.

"This is a critical time, where the states are facing a $175 billion shortfall in the next two years," Gregoire said. "Anything Congress does to undermine economic recovery would be very troublesome to us."

Obama's 2010 budget was never approved by Congress and the country is operating under a "continuing resolution." Friday is the deadline to enact a budget.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Walgreens to sell heroin overdose antidote naloxone without prescription
Hospital mortality drops with lower patient-to-nurse ratio
Kanye West under fire after Bill Cosby tweet
Plus-sized model Ashley Graham nabs Sports Illustrated swimsuit spread
IKEA issues recall after glass ceiling lamps crash to ground