government shutdown
2:10 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Inslee confident budget deal imminent

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he is confident that a budget deal is imminent.

Inslee said Monday afternoon that he has seen "very significant breakthroughs" in recent budget talks. He says lawmakers should be able to reach a final agreement very quickly.

Inslee's upbeat tone came as state agencies were working to notify thousands of government workers that they may be temporarily laid off starting next week if no budget deal comes together.

Washington's current two-year budget comes to a close at the end of June. Lawmakers have been struggling for several weeks to reach compromise on how to spend government dollars in the coming two years.