No budget for the state means a possible shutdown starting in July.
As the State Legislature finishes their 2nd Special Session with no budget in hand, a 3rd Special Session is likely.
The Regular Legislative Session adjourned on April 23, with the 1st Special Session adjourning on May 23. The 2nd Special Session also began on May 23, and is scheduled to end on June 22.
Susan Colard, Administrator with the Professional Licensing Support Services, announced with the possible suspension of services starting July 1, numerous government offices could be downsized.
“The Washington State Legislature has not yet approved state operating and capital budgets for the 2017–19 biennium, which begins July 1. If the Legislature does not approve budgets by June 30, several state agencies will go through full or partial operations shutdowns.”
Colard says that her office expects the budgets to be approved by June 30.
Despite these hopes, the Department of Licensing has been working with the state Office of Financial Management to develop contingency plans.
In April 2017, OFM asked agencies for input on a contingency plan for government operations in the event the Legislature does not pass the 2017–19 operating and capital budgets before July 1.
As lawmakers head toward a third overtime legislative session, the Associated Press reports that they received updated revenue numbers that give them a little bit of help as they struggle to reach agreement on a two-year state budget.
Numbers released by the Office of Financial Management at Tuesday’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council meeting show the state’s revenue collections through the middle of through the middle of 2019 are expected to increase by about $159 million — with $80 million more than originally forecast for the upcoming 2017-2019 budget and $79 million more for the current two-year budget through the end of June. The projected overall state budget for 2017-19 is expected to be $41.7 billion.
In the event that a shutdown is necessary, the services in 24 State programs will be suspended until the 2017–19 budgets are approved.
The partial shutdown could also include the closure of many hunting, fishing, and boating across the state.
In the unlikely event that a shutdown is necessary, the services in the following programs will be suspended until the 2017–19 budgets are approved.
- Appraisal Management Companies
- Bail Bonds and Bail Recovery
- Collection Agencies
- Combative Sports (Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts and Wrestling)
- Court Reporters
- Employment Agencies
- Engineers, Land Surveyors and On-site Wastewater Designers
- Home Inspectors
- Private Investigators
- Real Estate Agents and Firms
- Scrap Metal Businesses
- Security Guards
- Sellers of Travel
- Tattoo, Body Art and Body Piercing
- Telephone Solicitors
- Timeshares and Camping Resorts
- Whitewater River Outfitters
- Uniform Commercial Code
Agency contingency plans
The table below shows agency responses to OFM’s request for updated contingency plans. Some agency responses indicated no update was needed; in those cases, refer to the previous plan from 2013 or 2015.
|Agency||2013 plan||2015 plan
|2017 plan update|
|Accountancy Board||Updated plan|
|Administrative Hearings||Updated plan|
|African American Affairs|
|Archeology and Historic Preservation||Updated plan|
|Arts Commission||Updated plan|
|Asian Pacific American Affairs|
|Attorney General||No update|
|Caseload Forecast Council||No update|
|Center for Childhood Deafness & Hearing Loss||Updated plan|
|Central Washington University||No update|
|Columbia River Gorge Commission||Updated plan|
|Community & Technical Colleges||Updated plan|
|Conservation Commission||No update|
|Consolidated Technology Services||Updated plan|
|County Road Administration Board|
|Criminal Justice Training Commission|
|Early Learning||Updated plan|
|Eastern Washington Historical Society|
|Eastern Washington University||Updated plan|
|Economic & Revenue Forecast Council||No update|
|Employment Security||Updated plan|
|Environmental and Land Use Hearings Office||No update|
|Enterprise Services||Updated plan|
|Evergreen State College||No update|
|Family and Children Ombuds, Office of||Updated plan|
|Financial Institutions||Updated plan|
|Financial Management||Updated plan|
|Fish & Wildlife||Updated plan|
|Forensic Investigation Council||Updated plan|
|Gambling Commission||No update|
|Health Care Authority & Health Benefit Exchange||PDF & Update||Updated plan|
|Horse Racing Commission||Updated plan|
|Human Rights Commission||No update|
|Industrial Insurance Appeals Board||No update|
|Insurance Commissioner||Updated plan|
|Investment Board||Updated plan|
|Labor & Industries||Updated plan|
|LEOFF 2 Board||No update|
|Life Sciences Discovery Fund||No update|
|Liquor Control Board||No update|
|Lt. Governor||Updated plan|
|Natural Resources||Updated plan|
|Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises||Updated plan|
|Public Disclosure Commission|
|Pollution Liability Insurance||No update|
|Public Employment Relations Commission||No update|
|Puget Sound Partnership||Updated Plan|
|Recreation & Conservation Office||No update|
|Retirement Systems||Updated plan|
|School for the Blind||Updated plan|
|Secretary of State||No update|
|Services for the Blind||No update|
|Social & Health Services||Updated plan|
|State Patrol||Updated plan|
|Student Achievement Council||PDF & Update||Updated plan|
|Superintendent of Public Instruction||Updated plan|
|Supreme Court||Updated plan|
|Tax Appeals Board|
|Transportation Improvement Board|
|Traffic Safety Commission||No update|
|University of Washington||Updated plan|
|Utilities & Transportation Commission||No update|
|Veterans Affairs||Updated plan|
|Volunteer Firefighters Board||Updated plan|
|Washington State Historical Society|
|Washington State University||No update|
|Western Washington University||No update|
|Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board||Updated plan|