Washington shuts down govt. offices due to budget gaps

As budget shortfalls continue to plague states across the country, several are being forced to close offices and agencies which provide services to the public. Today, the state of Washington announced that it will be closing a significant number of state offices as a result of budget shortfalls. Employees working at these offices will also be faced with extended unpaid leave. Approximately 35,000 people will be out of work as a result of the closures.

The closures cover all facets of government and public service. We’ve included a partial list with some of the more high profile closures a full list is available here.

  • Agriculture
  • Commerce
  • Conservation Commission
  • Corrections
  • Council for Children and Families
  • Criminal Justice Training Commission
  • Early Learning
  • Employment Security (local WorkSource offices and the unemployment claims call center will remain open)
  • Financial Management
  • Governor
  • Health Care Authority
  • Information Services
  • Labor and Industries
  • Licensing
  • Liquor Control Board (liquor stores open)
  • Personnel
  • Sentencing Guidelines Commission
  • Social and Health Services
  • State Patrol
  • Traffic Safety Commission
  • Utilities and Transportation Commission
  • Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

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