OLYMPIA — Because legislators didn’t agree on a budget by 5 p.m. Wednesday, thousands of immigrants, pregnant women and people with disabilities will receive letters telling them they could stop receiving state services next week.
The state Department of Social and Health Services was forced to send out notifications Wednesday warning people that state government could shut down Monday if lawmakers can’t finalize a budget by Sunday night, agency spokeswoman Chris Case said.
The largest batch of letters DSHS sent out Wednesday will reach 67,000 people, including legal immigrants who receive state-funded food assistance, as well as pregnant women and people with disabilities, Case said. More letters will go out today if lawmakers still haven’t announced an agreement on the state budget, she said.
State government also has notified grocery stores that in the event of a shutdown July 1, the stores won’t be reimbursed for infant formula and other food sold to mothers and pregnant women using government vouchers in the Women, Infants and Children program.