Today the threat of a government shutdown becomes much more real to state employees.
Layoff notices go out to thousands of state workers today, warning them that they would be temporarily furloughed if the Legislature doesn’t pass a budget by June 30.
The pink slips are mandated by union contracts, but Gov. Jay Inslee planned to hold off on sending them this morning in case the House and Senate reached a deal.
The largest state-worker union, the Washington Federation of State Employees, said this morning it has filed a demand to bargain with the state labor-relations office over worker rights under a layoff.
House Democrats are talking in a private caucus today about their transportation tax and fee package. Inslee’s office hopes for a House vote on it by Tuesday.