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Kansas State Employee Furloughs To Start June 7th If There's No Budget

Stephen Koranda
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Governor Sam Brownback’s administration says many state workers will be sent home without pay starting June 7th if Kansas lawmakers don’t pass a budget. KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports...

Brownback’s budget director Shawn Sullivan told a group of Senators at the Statehouse yesterday that the furloughs would happen unless a Kansas budget is in place by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday.

“We don’t have authority to pay employees past June 6th without a budget giving us authority to do that,” Sullivan says.

Sullivan says state agencies have been working to identify which workers are non-essential and can be sent home.

“There’s still public safety and other elements. I mean, we can’t let prison guards go and inmates go,” Sullivan says.

Lawmakers could pass a short-term funding bill to keep state workers on the job while legislators finish work on the budget.