WASHINGTON — The nation’s governors received a stark warning from a panel of economists Saturday that a recession is likely within the next years, but their states’ preparations for a potential economic downturn depend largely on which party the governor belongs to.

With a pep talk from President Obama, Democratic governors arrived at the winter meeting of the National Governors Association touting their states’ achievements in raising the minimum wage and mandating paid sick leave. Their Republican counterparts, meanwhile, are emphasizing tax cuts and warning that policies seen as unfriendly to business will hurt states in the event of a recession.

Although the governors association meeting is meant to foster bipartisan solutions, the governors’ economic priorities reflect the deepening divide between red and blue states.