Governor Dayton in Washington to meet with President

10:34 AM, Feb 25, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will be meeting with the nation's governors, including Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, as they push Congress to avert deep federal spending cuts that begin to take effect Friday.

State leaders are in Washington for the annual meeting of the National Governors Association. The president, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, are scheduled to address them at the White House.

Obama administration officials warn of significant airport delays, deep cuts to education and furloughs for hundreds of thousands of government workers if the budget cuts go through, as widely expected.

In fact, the White House emailed KARE 11 a list of Minnesota programs and operations that will be impacted should congress not find a solution for the budget stalemate.  

State Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius tweeted "Sequester= 144,000 students lose immunizations, 70,000 children kicked out of Head Start, 600,000 women could lose nutrition asst."

The president did not mention the budget stalemate during a White House dinner with most of the governors Sunday night. But Obama told them, "We've got more work to do."

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