Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker were among seven governors in Washington on Tuesday to discuss the fiscal cliff with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
The National Governors Association executive committee sought assurances from the president that any spending cuts wouldn't shift the financial burden onto states. The governors said they want flexibility from the federal government on mandated programs to allow them to do more with less.
Other governors at Tuesday's meeting included Delaware's Jack Markell, Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, Mike Beebe of Arkansas, John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Utah's Gary Herbert.
Obama and Republican leaders in a divided Congress have until the end of the year to reach a deal to avoid across-the-board tax increases and automatic spending cuts. A deeper recession affecting the pocketbooks of all Americans is feared if they fail to reach a deal.
The governors didn't endorse either the president's proposal to raise taxes on wealthier Americans or Republican proposals to raise revenue by closing tax loopholes and deductions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report