State government shutdown would hurt city, Caulfield says

John Caulfield
John Caulfield

If the State of Washington does go ahead with a threatened government shutdown in July, cities like Mountlake Terrace will feel the effects, said City Manager John Caulfield.

Gov. Jay Inslee called the Washington State Legislature into a second special session of the year this week to, in part, continue work on the state’s next budget. Inslee has warned legislators that if they don’t pass a budget by July 1, he may shut down selected government departments and services.

“That could have significant consequences to the City of Mountlake Terrace, as well as other cities,” Caulfield said Thursday. “For example, they serve as our fiduciary agents — that’s where we invest some of our dollars. So if we don’t have access to our cash, we can’t pay our employees, we can’t pay our contractors. We would potentially have to shut down. So there is a significant domino effect here.”

Caulfield said his office has been in contact with state legislative representatives expressing concern regarding what a potential state government shutdown could do to Mountlake Terrace and other municipalities.

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