The state Employment Security Department furloughed 418 state employees on Tuesday and reduced hours for another 450 workers because of the federal government shutdown. That represents about half of the 1,669 people employed by the agency. Employment Security, which gets 87 percent of its funding from the federal government, is using state dollars to pay the…More
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WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell on Tuesday furloughed the “overwhelming majority” of their staffs and closed their district offices in Washington state because of the federal government shutdown. Murray’s spokesman Matt McAlvanah said the decision was based on “legal guidance our office has received” about which employees are deemed essential and…More
WASHINGTON — With millions of federal workers facing possible unpaid furloughs from mandatory budget cuts slated to start Friday, Sen. Patty Murray took to the Senate floor Tuesday to point out the culprits: Republicans. The Washington Democrat spoke out against the $85 billion in spending cuts while standing next to a chart labeled “Republican Plan for…More