Dear friends and neighbors,

The news coming out of Olympia today is that an operating budget deal has been reached as of this morning. While this is welcome news, the legislature must still pass the budget and the governor must sign the bill before midnight on June 30. We are one-step closer; however, our work is not finished. Along with getting a budget to the governor, we will need to pass a series of new bills that are necessary to implement that budget. We may not complete all this work in the next 56 hours.

I am appalled that this biennial budget process has taken our state to the brink of a shutdown. The additional stress and anxiety that a potential shutdown has caused Washingtonians is unacceptable.

Avoiding a state government shutdown means that we will continue to be able to provide life-saving and life-sustaining services for our most vulnerable low-income individuals, families, children, and seniors. We will keep state agencies operating, and we owe a lot to the 30,000 plus state employees who received layoff notices.

Please stay tuned for more details about the budget in the next few days.

Until next time,