Legislators from both parties said Sunday they were still searching for a final budget compromise that would avert the temporary layoff of many state workers. Negotiators described ongoing progress but acknowledged that there was a possibility that talks could continue dragging on.
Thousands of Washington state employees are receiving furlough notices Monday telling them they face a temporary layoff unless state lawmakers agree on a budget this week to prevent a government shutdown.
Washington state agencies are working to identify which areas of government will need to cease operations if the Legislature fails to pass a budget over the next 18 days.
Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday that he is concerned about the “lack of substantive progress” in budget negotiations as lawmakers near the end of an overtime session, and he specifically called out a measure put forth by Senate Republicans that he says will take money away from education.
A former attorney for Lane County claims two top administrators violated his constitutional rights when they laid him off last year in a move that was blamed on the budget.
Washington lawmakers adjourned their 105-day legislative session Sunday without coming to an agreement on a new two-year budget, and Gov. Jay Inslee quickly called them to return again in two weeks to complete the work.
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The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers reflect the impact of the cuts this year. Unless Congress acts by Friday, $85 billion in cuts are set to take effect from March-September.
A few days after Washington lawmakers approved a budget deal to lower state spending last year, small-government Rep. Gary Alexander got $40.60 worth of dry cleaning done.
Lawmakers returned to the Capitol Monday for a new legislative session facing a roughly $1 billion budget shortfall for the upcoming two-year budget, not counting money they will need to spend to improve funding for education.