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Tag: government shutdown

June
26th

Governor’s office highlights effects of potential shutdown

UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: The state Department of Social and Health Services will send thousands of people letters informing them that they may stop receiving social services starting July 1 if no budget deal is reached by the end of the day Wednesday, spokeswoman Chris Case said.

The agency has been waiting as long it can to avoid alarming its clients, expecting that a budget deal will emerge out of the Legislature at any time, Case said.  But now a potential government shutdown is now only four days away, and the agency is obligated to legally notify clients in writing that

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June
17th

Olympia schools hope to sidestep trouble in July if state government shuts down

State schools superintendent Randy Dorn is warning that the Legislature’s failure to pass a state budget by Friday, June 21, means $45 million in aid to school districts may not go out as scheduled next month. In a news release last week Dorn said, “Most of the money is needed for child nutrition and special education.’’

State government agencies such as Dorn’s are going through exercises to see what a shutdown could mean. As we reported this morning, it likely means temporary furloughs for thousands of state workers, if the divided Legislature cannot get a budget in

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June
12th

Gov. Inslee, Cabinet start work to see which services can continue if government shuts down

Gov. Jay Inslee convened his Cabinet leaders Wednesday afternoon, and he gave the agency directors an outline to follow if the Legislature’s gridlock forces a state government shut down. The new budget cycle begins July 1 and agencies need a clear budget authorization to spend money for many services and programs.

A two-page memo from the governor’s budget director David Schumacher to agency directors and statewide elected officials asks them to make lists of services that can continue and those that cannot under a shut down.

Lists are due by 5 p.m.

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