Governor’s office releases contingency plan if government shuts down July 1

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capitolOLYMPIA —  Gov. Jay Inslee’s office released a contingency plan Thursday that outlines the state’s plan of action if lawmakers can’t finalize the budget by the July 1 deadline.

Mary Alice Heuschel, the governor’s chief of staff, said a partial government shutdown is the last resort.

“This is the last thing the governor or any of us would want to happen,” she said. “He is doing everything in his power to help legislators reach an agreement to come to this conclusion as quickly as possible.”

If lawmakers don’t agree on a budget by the end of June, there will be cutbacks in law enforcement and health services.  State parks will close.

Jobs are also on the line, with layoff warning notices set to go out Monday.

For a complete list of programs and services impacted click here.

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