Beebe says states willing to work on averting fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON (Arkansas News Bureau) -- Gov. Mike Beebe left a meeting with President Obama on Tuesday saying state governors are willing to assist the federal government in avoiding the fiscal cliff.

"States are willing to share the sacrifice," Beebe told reporters gathered outside the White House. "We don't want to take it all, but we are willing to do our part."

Obama met with six members of the National Governors Association executive committee to discuss automatic spending cuts and tax increases that will go into effect Jan. 1 if Congress and the White House don't agree on a budget plan.

The NGA group, which included three Democrats and three Republicans, did not endorse a specific plan but expressed unified interest in seeing a deal struck. They offered their assistance and will work with Vice President Joe Biden moving forward.

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