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Furlough Threat Averted: Kansas Lawmakers Pass Essential Employee Designation for All

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  From Associate Press: Kansas legislators voted unanimously Saturday to keep thousands of state workers on the job next week, even though lawmakers haven't resolved budget and tax issues.

    

Republican Governor Sam Brownback said he will sign the measure from the GOP-dominated Legislature. But he also admonished lawmakers to approve a plan for raising taxes to balance the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, less than a month away.

    

"It is past time for the Legislature to act," Brownback said in a statement.

    

The votes of 39-0 in the Senate and 106-0 in the House were only hours apart. Senators acted minutes after members overwhelmingly rejected another plan for raising taxes.

    

Without a budget for the next fiscal year, the state has no legal authority to pay employees for work after Saturday. Employees' compensation lags several weeks behind their work, so their pay for the two-week period beginning Sunday won't be distributed until early July.

    

The bill approved by lawmakers declares all state employees essential for the next few weeks so that they can at least stay on the job. They would get paid on time if a budget is in place at the start of the new fiscal year.

    

On it's facebook page Pittsburg State University officials offered this statement:

"We thank all of the loyal PSU employees who have been so patient through this trying time and want to reassure you that we will continue to advocate for you and the service you provide every day of the year."


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