Gov. Mark Dayton and 13 other Democratic governors met with President Obama today the the White House.
Dayton said after the meeting that they talked about the challenges facing the state and the country and the need to try to reduce the federal deficit.
"We talked about making the necessary spending cut decisions, of course all the governors had to do to that to balance their budgets, the President recognized that while he emphasized however in a responsible, and commonsense approach, so there's room for the kind of investments we need to make in education and rebuilding America," he said.
Dayton says the Wisconsin public employee labor dispute did not come up during the hour-long meeting, which Vice President Joe Biden also attended.
Dayton is in Washington for meetings of the National Governors Association.