Walker, fellow governors headed to White House for fiscal cliff talks

Gov. Scott Walker will join other governors at the White House on Tuesday, where they are scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama to discuss the fiscal cliff’s effect on states.

The governors, all members of the National Governors Association’s executive committee, plan to hold a press conference after the meeting around 10:30 a.m., according to a statement from Walker’s office.

Negotiations over how to prevent a package of spending cuts and increased taxes from taking effect at the end of the year are at a fever pitch in D.C., and whatever action Congress takes will affect states’ funding from the federal government and local economies.

In interviews this week, Walker has encouraged Wisconsin’s GOP members of Congress to seek a “balanced” approach and not to raise taxes. Obama and other Democrats have advocated allowing tax cuts on income higher than $250,000 to expire but extending the cuts on lower income.

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