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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

June 20, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Governor’s office details impacts of possible government shutdown

Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget office released a memo this morning detailing potential impacts if there is a government shutdown.

The Legislature has to pass a budget by the end of the month in order to avoid a shutdown, and there has been progress between Republicans and Democrats in recent days toward a deal.

Some examples of what could happen, pulled from the report:

  • Suspension of state-subsidized child care for mothers moving from public assistance to the workforce.
  • Suspension of Fish and Wildlife enforcement activities, hatcheries operations and certain sport and commercial fisheries.
  • Suspension of non-emergency investigations of health profession misconduct; HIV client services; Women Infants and Children food and nutrition; inspections of shellfish operations, X-ray equipment, health-care facilities or other operations regulated by agency.
  • Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance programs continue at least for the time being. Suspension of state-only programs such as medical services for aged, blind and disabled,  kidney disease/dialysis program, and children’s health care program for undocumented children.
  • Closure of state parks and cancellation of current camping/cabin reservations and scheduled special events.

You can read the full report here. More information will be available after a news conference in the governor’s office later this morning.

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