Governor Bill Haslam said the so-called fiscal cliff could certainly impact Tennesseans.
Haslam said if Capitol Hill fails to reach an agreement, programs will likely be cut here in Tennessee.
A tax expert said last week Tennessee would be hard-hit from the fiscal cliff because it relies heavily on sales tax revenue and has no income tax.
10News spoke to Governor Haslam while he was in Knoxville Monday. He was honored at the Senior Citizens Home Assistance Awards Luncheon.
Governor Haslam said lawmakers in Washington, D.C. need to put politics aside and find a compromise.
"More than just as the governor of Tennessee, as a citizen, I think everybody is saying, "Come on guys and sit down at the table and solve this," said Haslam. "It's way too important to play politics with, and I think that's the sense coming out of Washington is the whole political deal."