Gov. Jay Inslee asked state parks to remain open Friday, as legislators have told the governor they will deliver a budget for him to sign that night.
State lawmakers and the governor are confident they will get a budget deal passed by the Friday night deadline in time to avoid a partial state government shutdown Saturday morning.
If legislators do not deliver a budget, state agencies will need to initiate a partial government shutdown. In that case, state parks will begin closing Saturday.
About 32,000 state employees would be laid off, effective Saturday morning, if the deal is not signed into law by midnight Friday.
Mike Sternback, assistant director of Washington State Parks, said closing the parks at 12:01 Saturday morning is not feasible.
All of the agency’s 850 employees would be laid off if the shutdown happens.
He said arriving campers would need to be turned away Friday and those already in the park would likely be told to leave Friday afternoon.
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