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Kansas House Democrats Introduce Bill To Prevent State Employee Furloughs

Democrats in the Kansas House have introduced a bill that would prevent state employees from being furloughed next week. Thousands of state workers will be sent home without pay starting Sunday if the budget work drags on.

“We don’t want state employees to be held hostage during this debate, so I have drafted an appropriations bill preventing a government shutdown and preventing state employee furloughs,” says Democratic Rep. Jerry Henry, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee.

The Kansas House also approved a budget bill today, but it hasn’t yet been passed by the Senate. If both chambers have passed the budget, even if tax negotiations are ongoing, that would be enough to prevent employee furloughs.