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.