We are only a matter of weeks away from the July 1st deadline to have a budget in place for the next biennium. There still is very little–if any–reported progress on state budget negotiations in Olympia. PSE still believes that, more likely than not, a deal will get done before the deadline and state government services will continue on without a hitch.
Unfortunately, there is the possibility that no budget deal is reached by July 1st, which would likely result in a state government shutdown. Each university is currently putting together a plan (or already has a plan in place) for what will happen should there not be a budget in place by the deadline. We are aware that it is each university’s goal to find ways to continue to operate so as to not significantly disrupt their respective operations.
PSE is closely monitoring both the budget negotiations and the universities’ plans should a shutdown occur. Once PSE receives formal notice of what each university’s plan is, we will share that with our leaders and members immediately.
Please stay tuned the Higher Ed page and the Legislative Blog for updates.