Stephen Koranda

With only hours remaining before furloughs started, Kansas lawmakers approved a bill that prevents state workers from being taken off the job. Governor Sam Brownback has signed the bill and says all state employees should report to work as usual.

While financial pressures still exist in state government, the bill deems all state employees “essential” and exempt from being furloughed. That designation only lasts through the end of the legislative session.

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Wichita State University has notified employees whether or not they will be placed under furlough if the Legislature does not reach a budget deal before midnight Saturday.

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.

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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.

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After the first week of June, Kansas state employees could be furloughed if there isn’t a budget in place for the coming fiscal year. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, Republican Governor Sam Brownback’s administration has said they are working on plans to do that.


While his office is considering options, Governor Brownback says they have some flexibility on when Kansas state workers would be sent home without pay. Brownback says he’ll be pushing for lawmakers to avoid furloughs.

Furloughs Coming For Kansas National Guard Members

May 16, 2013

The Kansas National Guard says it will furlough about 1,100 members for up to 11 days because of federal funding shortfalls.

Major General Lee Tafanelli, who heads the Kansas National Guard, says the furloughs will affect members whose jobs are federally funded, such as those in administration and logistical support.

No furloughs are planned for active-duty and reserve members. The furloughs were ordered by the Defense Department.