Governor Christine Gregoire (D-WA) said on Newsmakers that governors are concerned about proposed federal budget cuts’ impact on the states. She said cuts to Medicare are a particular concern. “You have to know the consequences of that," she said. She also said she is concerned about federal budget cuts’ impact on education, which she said will have a negative long-term impact on the country. “We can’t cut education too much,” the Governor said.
She also said businesses in her state are prolonging hiring because of "uncertainty" in economic policy in Washington. Members of Congress and the President are deadlocked on increasing the debt limit and how to reduce the deficit.
On the labor dispute with Boeing and Boeing’s decision to move its factory to South Carolina, Gov. Gregoire said she is disappointed Boeing relocated, but she said the unions and Boeing should “settle this out of court.”
Governor Gregoire, the chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) joined Newsmakers from the 103rd annual NGA meeting - where the governors meet to discuss policy - in Salt Lake City, UT. Her term as chair ends Sunday and she will be succeeded by Gov. Dave Heineman (R-Neb.). Gov. Gregoire is serving her second term in office and has announced she will not seek a third.
Newsmakers airs Sunday at 10:00 am ET and again at 6:00 pm ET on C-SPAN.