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Governor Signs Bill Averting Furloughs

Associated Press - June 7, 2015 6:53 am

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill that blocks furloughs for Kansas state government workers.

The Republican governor acted Saturday, only hours after lawmakers approved the measure by unanimous votes in both chambers. The measure took effect Saturday night.

The GOP-dominated Legislature has yet to complete a budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 because lawmakers are divided over raising taxes.

Without a budget, 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.

 

Larry Elmquist

June 7, 2015 at 4:10 pm

The legislative and gubernatorial action to declare all state employees as “essential” is very interesting, and, I hope, a guide to future legislative actions. As our state representatives and senators meander toward our next state budget, it would be wonderful to see them publicly and legislatively acknowledge that all Kansas citizens are also “essential”, with every man, woman and child to be treated with respect and dignity, neither rewarded nor punished for their circumstances. We all know this will require some soul searching, but if an honest effort is made it could bring a new day to Kansas.

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