by: MIKE BAKER Updated:OLYMPIA, Wash. —
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 the day Monday, with hopes of passing the budget by the middle of the week.
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.