Oklahoma Gov. Fallin to talk again with president

By Michael McNutt

For the third time in as many months, Gov. Mary Fallin will be in the nation’s capital talking about the March 1 federal cuts and how they could be harmful to Oklahoma and other states.

Fallin, vice chairman of the National Governors Association, is attending the nonpartisan group’s winter meeting this weekend and will be urging the president not to unfairly slash funding to states in their effort to reduce the federal deficit through what is being called the sequester.

Part of the message Fallin hopes to deliver is that states should be freed from spending mandates if federal budget cuts make them unaffordable, the Republican governor said. She and other governors will meet with President Barack Obama on Sunday night and Monday; Fallin was among several governors who met in December with the president about the spending cuts.

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