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Washington campers in limbo as lawmakers debate budget

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Washington State Parks will remain open Friday as lawmakers in Olympia work to get a budget signed into law. 

Much of Thursday remained an unknown if state parks and other agencies would remain open or closed during the holiday weekend. 

Thursday Governor Jay Inslee directed state parks staff to remain open on Friday and that he had been promised by legislators that a budget would be passed sometime Friday.

If that doesn't happen some state agencies including state parks will begin the shutdown process on July 1.  

In a statement online the agency wrote, "The governor recognizes that budget negotiations are causing significant disruptions to state agencies and the people they serve."

At the Paradise Point State Park the talk around the campfire was what will happen to their camping trips this weekend because of the budget.

“It sucks because you don’t know if you are going to have to pack up everything and move and then where are you going to go," Anthony Gilchrist of Spokane said. 

His plan is to stay in southwest Washington for several more days before heading back to the eastside of the state. He told FOX 12 he was somewhat optimistic their campground wouldn't get shut down.

“If you can’t be here because of a government shutdown that is terrible," Gilchrist said. "There are kids all around, pets, everything, people are having a great time.”

In the meantime, park rangers say they have a plan in case a budget isn't passed. 

If a budget isn't on the governor's desk and signed into law by midnight Friday a partial government shutdown will begin on Saturday morning.

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