OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Thousands of state government workers are getting notifications that they may be temporarily laid off starting next week.
Financial managers under Gov. Jay Inslee directed agencies to start sending notices Monday afternoon because lawmakers have been unable to finalize a budget. The Office of Financial Management estimates that at least 25,000 would be furloughed if there is no budget deal, although some of those may not get their notifications Monday.
Washington's current two-year budget comes to a close at the end of June. Lawmakers have been struggling for several weeks to reach compromise on how to spend government dollars in the coming two years.
Leaders in both parties have repeatedly asserted that they will reach agreement and avoid a government shutdown, although lawmakers have blown past all their other deadlines so far. They were initially supposed to complete a budget in April.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he is confident that a budget deal is imminent.
Inslee said Monday afternoon that he has seen "very significant breakthroughs" in recent budget talks. He says lawmakers should be able to reach a final agreement very quickly.
Inslee's upbeat tone came as state agencies were working to notify thousands of government workers that they may be temporarily laid off starting next week if no budget deal comes together.