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State agencies face shutdown as budget deadline looms
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State agencies face shutdown as budget deadline looms

Washington State lawmakers have yet to pass a budget, making a government shutdown one day closer to reality.

If a deal isn't reached by Sunday night at midnight thousands of state workers will be temporarily laid off.

That's why Monday thousands of state employees started receiving furlough notices.

Without a new budget, 34 agencies will shutdown, another 24 would face partial shutdowns and 25 would remain open.

One of the agencies impacted is DSHS, where approximately half of the workers here in Spokane would be laid off and people receiving critical services through DSHS would be affected.

The food stamp program would continue but alcohol and substance abuse programs, childcare subsidies and funding for senior citizen services would be discontinued.

"We know our clients would be hurt by this; this would affect the most vulnerable people in our state and in our region and in our community," DSHS spokesman John Wiley said.

If a deal isn't reached your Fourth of July barbecues won't happen ? at least at a state park. Come July 1 every state park would shut down.

Fish and Wildlife, Health and Early Learning departments would all be affected, just to name a few, but Gov. Jay Inslee is staying optimistic.

Monday afternoon Inslee held a press conference to talk about the state budget. He said a budget is imminent and legislators are near an agreement.

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