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

Budget Director Shawn Sullivan speaking earlier this year. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

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 (SUN) 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,” says Sullivan.

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,” says Sullivan.

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

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