OLYMPIA, Wash. -- It’s never happened before and may not happen this year, but Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants state agencies to prepare for a government shutdown.
Each agency had until 5 p.m. Monday to submit shutdown contingency plans to the governor’s office.
Lawmakers have been unable to reach a budget deal this year, resulting in two special sessions.
If there’s no deal by July 1st, under state law, agencies are not allowed to spend any money.
The governor’s budget office is going to determine which agencies and employees are protected by the state or federal constitutions and should be kept on the payroll without a budget.
State parks could close, corrections staff inside prisons and in community supervision positions could be cut.
“It will hurt,” said Thornton Alberg, a Labor and Industries supervisor who said he may get a layoff notice in his mail soon. “It’s not resonating fully. I guess it just doesn’t seem like it would happen. It shouldn’t happen.”