WASHINGTON—Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire and Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, National Governors Association Chair and Vice Chair, today issued the following:

“The nation’s governors strongly oppose federal proposals to provide states with bankruptcy protection.

Allowing states to declare bankruptcy is not an authority state leaders have asked for nor would they use. The mere existence of a law allowing states to declare bankruptcy only serves to increase interest rates, raise the costs of state government and create more volatility in financial markets.”

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