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Just Hours Remain for Kansas Lawmakers to Avoid State Employee Furloughs

The clock is ticking for thousands of state workers as they wait to see if Kansas lawmakers can pass a state budget. Non-essential state employees will be furloughed without pay beginning Sunday, if legislators haven’t finished work by then on a state budget.
 
Adrienne Landry is a University of Kansas employee who will be home without pay if there’s no budget agreement. She’s thankful she now lives in a dual-income household.


“And that’s such a huge relief because this time a few years ago I was a single-income household so something like this would have been truly devastating,” says Landry.

Lawmakers could choose to retroactively pay state employees if there are furloughs.
 
State employees may be eligible for unemployment benefits if lawmakers choose not to pay them for furloughed days, but only if they’re off work for more than a week.
 
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If Kansas lawmakers haven’t finished work on a budget by the end of tomorrow (SAT), then thousands of state employees will be off the job without pay. Furloughs for non-essential state workers will start Sunday if no budget is in place.
 
Adrienne Landry is a University of Kansas employee who would be home without pay. She’s now in a dual-income household, but she says that wasn’t the case a few years ago.


“It would have made me fear of losing the house. So for all of those people out there and families that are single income, this is terrifying,” says Landry.
 
Lawmakers could choose to retroactively pay state employees if there are furloughs.
 
If legislators choose not to pay, and the furloughs last more than a week, state workers may be eligible for unemployment benefits. 
 

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