Wash. 1 week from government shutdown

Wash. 1 week from government shutdown

Wash. 1 week from government shutdown

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by MIKE BAKER Associated Press

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Posted on June 23, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 24 at 5:41 AM

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state is now just one week away from a government shutdown.

Legislators from both parties said Sunday they were still searching for a final budget compromise that would avert government closure. Republican Rep. Gary Alexander said he expected a deal would come together by the end of day Monday, with hopes of passing the budget by the middle of the week.

More: 34 WA agencies to close if budget isn't passed

The state's current two-year budget comes to a close at the end of June, and government leaders have determined that many agencies will have to cease operations if there is no new spending plan.

Democratic Rep. Reuven Carlyle said negotiators are making consistent and meaningful progress but that they are still lacking agreement on some "central" policy and financial issues.

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