OLYMPIA, Washington -- One day after Governor Jay Inslee said a state budget deal was imminent, the leader of the Senate s Majority Caucus said it was very, very close.
Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina, said negotiators were working on the details of a final agreement Tuesday.
I think K-12 we re in agreement, and as far as resources we re in agreement, Tom told KING 5 News.
If lawmakers don t reach a final deal by Sunday night, two-thirds of state agencieswould shut down.
Monday is the beginning of a new fiscal year and will be covered under the budget being negotiated at the Capitol now.
At least 26,000 state employees could be laid off under a shutdown. State parks would close. Lottery sales would be suspended. The doors at state unemployment offices would be locked.
It s been very kind of chaotic the last few days, said Department of Health employee Ryan Harris.
Harris received his potential layoff notice in an email Monday afternoon.
It s devastating to be unemployed, said Harris.
Senator Tom said Harris and other state employees should not be worried about a shutdown.
It will not happen, said Tom.