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No budget deal this week would mean layoff notices Monday for thousands of state employees

Thousands of state employees may receive temporary layoff warnings Monday if state lawmakers don’t approve a budget before then, Gov. Jay Inslee’s office said Thursday.

The notices would warn employees that they will be temporarily laid off starting July 1 if if the Legislature fails to finalize a budget by June 30, said Mary Alice Heuschel, the governor’s chief of staff.

The planned layoff notices are part of the state’s contingency plan for how to deal with a potential government shutdown, which would affect roughly two-thirds of government agencies next month if lawmakers’ don’t reach a budget deal.

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Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget office posts memo on how it would respond to government shutdown

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

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