As promised last week, Gov. Jay Inslee‘s budget office has released details on how it thinks it can legally respond to a shutdown of state government if a budget isn’t approved by the Legislature by June 30.
A week ago, Inslee’s budget director David Schumacher asked agencies for details on what might be able to remain open based on factors such as federal mandates and funding, whether it is authorized by the already adopted transportation budget and services that do not require a specific authorization or appropriation by the Legislature.
“The state constitution prohibits payment of treasury funds without an appropriation; however, certain constitutional mandates and federal law are in conflict with this prohibition and w
e believe may take precedence,” today’s memo from Schumacher states.
Here is the agency by agency response.
Inslee’s chief of staff Mary Alice Heuschel, his counsel Nick Brown and budget office counsel Julie Murray will answer reporter’s questions at 10:30 this morning.
Earlier this week, a slightly stronger than projected revenue forecast left budget negotiators confident a deal could be reached soon. But Inslee’s budget staff needs to proceed with planning just in case.