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.

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.