Wash. agencies prep for possible shutdown

Jay Inslee
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee greets members of his Cabinet at a special meeting he called on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Olympia, Wash., to discuss how to handle a potential government shutdown if a state budget is not in place by the end of the month. Lawmakers have started a second special legislative session to try and reach a budget deal. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state agencies are working to identify which areas of government may need to cease operations if the Legislature fails to pass a budget.

Gov. Jay Inslee held a cabinet meeting Wednesday night to discuss the plans for what would happen after July 1. Lawmakers are squabbling over how to balance the budget and have made little progress toward a resolution in recent weeks.

Inslee’s budget director wants agency leaders to identify which of their services do not require a budget appropriation and which parts are a matter of immediate public safety. Budget director David Schumacher says many important programs and services will be shut down unless the Legislature acts in a timely manner.

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