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Thu., June 27, 2013, 10:43 a.m.

Budget impasse keeps Inslee out of Hoopfest

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee goes up for a rebound in an Inauguration Day pickup basketball game at a hoop set up on the garage of the Governor's Mansion (Jim Camden)
OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee goes up for a rebound in an Inauguration Day pickup basketball game at a hoop set up on the garage of the Governor's Mansion (Jim Camden)

Inslee goes up for a rebound last January in pickup game at governor's mansion.

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature has until Sunday night to pass a budget that would stave off a partial state government shutdown, but the impasse will keep Gov. Jay Inslee out of Hoopfest this weekend.

 An avid basketball player who arranged a pick-up game on Inauguration Day between his swearing in and the ball, Inslee put together a team last year when he was on the campaign trail. He had promised a contingent from the Spokane-area chambers of commerce that he'd bring a team to Hoopfest this year and vowed to double the wins from 2012. . . to two.

But that was in January, when it seemed like the Legislature had plenty of time in its 105-day regular session to agree on the 2013-15 operating budget. One regular session and 1.5 special sessions later, that budget deal remains elusive. If that deal is reached, both chambers will have to pass it and Inslee sign it before midnight Sunday to give the state the authority to spend money on certain programs and pay wages and benefits for many state workers.

"He is not going to be leaving town this weekend," spokeswoman Jaime Smith said.

Team Inslee would have been down two players. State Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, was on the roster and he, too, is stuck in Olympia. They didn't sign up for the tournament, Smith said.




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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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