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Morning update: 7 days left to pass a budget (2nd special session day 13)

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on June 24, 2013 at 8:56 am with No Comments »
June 24, 2013 9:30 am

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.

Advocates for the proposal at the Port of Tacoma blogged that the House may work on amendments to it today with a final vote coming Tuesday.

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