NGA Chair: States Are ‘Fragile,’ Can’t Afford a ‘Hiccup’ in Recovery

By Dschabner

Feb 26, 2011 12:19pm

ABC News’ Arlette Saenz reports:

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, chair of the National Governor’s Association, labeled states across the country “fragile” and warned Congress that a government shutdown or cuts would further undermine their economic recovery.

“We are fragile, so anything Congress does, whether it’s a shutdown or cuts, that will directly impact the states can be of considerable concern to us because we don’t need a hiccup right now in our recovery,” Gregoire said this morning. “We can ill afford to have any government shutdown and cuts that will dramatically impact the states.”  

Nearly 50 governors are gathering in Washington, D.C., for a three-day National Governor’s Association Conference to discuss job creation, education and global competitiveness. They will examine ways to fix the budget gaps and to streamline state governments to increase efficiency.

“We are still faced with an unprecedented fiscal crisis, and we have to make very tough choices and decisions in our homes,” Gregoire said.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick echoed a sentiment resonating from many of the governors, saying many state economies are “recovering, not recovered.”

Today’s sessions will focus on improving education and job creation, which the governors believe hold the key to emerging out of the recession.

“Governors do not have the luxury of waiting for solutions to present themselves,” Gregoire said. “There’s a need for us to create jobs, to find steady employment, and a promising future for our children.”

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