Governors want no part of government shutdown

Governors, including many Republicans, want no part of the federal government shutdown. “That’s their problem,” said Gov. Sam Brownback. “I’ve got my set of problems.” GOP Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Rick Snyder of Michigan warned that the shutdown would be a disaster for the country. The National Governors Association sent a letter to Congress this week signed by chairman Mary Fallin, the GOP governor of Oklahoma, and vice chairman John Hickenlooper, the Democratic governor of Colorado. It said that “the possible consequences to state economies of a federal shutdown or not increasing the national debt limit are severe” and urged lawmakers to “resolve the budget impasse and put the federal budget on a sustainable and long-term fiscal path.”