Without Budget, Washington State to Send Layoff Notices Soon
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Thousands of state employees will start receiving notice as early as Monday that they may be temporarily laid off on July 1 unless lawmakers move forward with a budget agreement over the weekend.
Mary Alice Heuschel, Gov. Jay Inslee's chief of staff, on Thursday said that if the Legislature fails to pass a budget by June 30, when the current budget cycle ends, 34 agencies will be completely shut down, 24 will face partial shutdowns and 25 will remain open. The Office of Financial Management released a summary of the agency-by-agency shutdown, including closure of all state parks and the stop of lottery ticket sales.
The state is required to give advance notice to employees that could be affected by temporary layoffs.