OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington state's political leaders are optimistic that they will reach a budget deal this weekend.
Governor Jay Inslee says there are many unresolved items in the budget talks, but there has been significant movement toward an agreement.
However, if there's no budget deal by the end of the month, state leaders expect to shut down most of the state government.
"This is, absolutely, the last thing that I want to see happen, and I'm doing all I can to help legislators reach an agreement as soon as possible. But we must be prepared, just in case," believes Inslee.
Inslee says if lawmakers don't make a deal Friday, he will call them back in Saturday morning and they will negotiate all weekend.