Four GOP governors sent a letter Monday to the congressional joint committee tasked with drafting a plan to reduce the country’s debt, urging the 12-member panel to rule out tax increases and any proposals that would shift Medicaid costs from the federal government to the states.
“We believe less federal spending will benefit the private economy rather than more federal spending, and we believe economic growth and job creation in the private sector is the way to increase federal revenue,” Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels wrote in their letter to the co-chairmen of the debt “supercommittee.”
“Therefore, we combine our view that raising taxes is the enemy of controlling spending with our belief that excessive regulations and tax increases, especially on employers, are the largest barriers to job creation and economic growth,” they added.