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Governor Brownback Says No Plans for Kansas State Employee Layoffs

Governor Brownback speaking to reporters earlier this year. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Governor Sam Brownback’s administration is proposing changes to the way Kansas agencies handle employee layoffs, but Brownback says his office is not planning significant job cuts.

This week, the head of the Kansas Organization of State Employees said she believes talk of budget cuts is prompting the new rules as a preparation for layoffs. Speaking to WIBW radio Tuesday, Brownback said that’s not the case.

“There is no plan to do some sort of major state employee layoff. We have been in tight budgets, we are carefully screening any additions. In a number of areas, we’ve got job openings where we are seeking a number of employees,” says Brownback.
The new regulations would change how Kansas agencies determine who gets laid off first and give agencies more discretion to protect certain employees.

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