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When Elizabeth and David Krout of Seattle woke up Saturday morning at Mount Rainier National Park, they were excited to have a weekend of snowshoeing ahead of them.

They had arrived at the park on Friday afternoon, and since they had no cellphone service there, they didn’t receive any messages—including news that the U.S. government partially shut down late that evening.

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Uncertainty reigns about which federal public lands will be open and which closed if the congressional budget standoff leads to a partial government shutdown Friday night.

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After months of partisan deadlock and weeks of brinksmanship as a government shutdown loomed, Washington legislative budget negotiators have reached an “agreement in principle” on a two-year budget designed to fully fund schools, as required by the state Supreme Court.  


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Washington lawmakers still have time to get a budget deal and avert a partial government shutdown July 1.

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The state of Washington has sent email alerts to 26,000 state employees notifying them of temporary layoff.

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If Washington lawmakers don’t have a budget by the end of the month, state government will shut down. But it would only be a partial shutdown.

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It’s not just Washington state agencies that are preparing for a possible government shutdown on July 1. Washington House and Senate administrators will meet Wednesday to discuss contingency planning.

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Budget negotiators continue to meet at the Washington capitol, but there’s still no deal on a spending plan for the next two years.

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Preparations for a state government shutdown are underway because Washington lawmakers haven’t agreed on a budget for the next two years.

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According to a National Park Service report, towns around national parks lost an estimated $414 million during the partial government shutdown last October.

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