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Gov. Walker wants sequester deal; isn't buying doomsday scenario

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governors of both parties – including Wisconsin’s Scott Walker – want Congress to take last-minute action next week to avoid huge automatic cuts in federal spending.

The so-called “sequester” is due to take effect next Friday – and members of the National Governors Association condemned it when they met in Washington yesterday.

They said the latest budget stalemate on Capitol Hill creates new uncertainty, and will threaten economic progress in their states.

The Obama White House says the federal cuts may cause numerous flight delays, and put thousands of employees on furloughs.

Walker’s not buying the doomsday scenario, but he doesn’t like random across the board changes, either. The Republican Walker said he did not use that approach in forming his Wisconsin budget proposal and, “I think you should be more strategic.”

Both parties in Washington are far apart on a possible deal. Republicans are scoffing at the president’s new demand to include higher taxes in a compromise.