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Kansas Chief Justice: Furloughs Looming Next Year

Associated Press - September 19, 2013 7:01 pm

Kansas Chief Justice Lawton Nuss is thanking legislators for passage of a pay increase for certain non-judicial employees.

Kansas Chief Justice Lawton Nuss is thanking legislators for passage of a pay increase for certain non-judicial employees.

Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss says the next fiscal year’s budget for the judicial branch could force courts across the state to be closed for seven weeks.

Nuss said Thursday that the budget approved by lawmakers this year for Fiscal Year 2015 is more than $8 million short of what the judiciary needs to avoid forcing its employees to take unpaid leave. Fiscal 2015 begins in July 2014.

The Supreme Court has appointed a 10-member advisory council to examine the consequences of not supplementing the courts’ budget and to make recommendations for reducing spending. The council’s first meeting is Oct. 7 in Topeka.

The Legislature appropriated about $127 million for the courts for the current fiscal year and almost $128 million for fiscal 2015.

wallace white

September 19, 2013 at 7:42 pm

sooo give them unpaid leave. Why are govt employees somehow entitled to guaranteed full time employment.? How about a 38 hour work week. Many businesses are cutting employees hours for various reasons like Obamacare, loss of revenue. If you dont have the money you cant pay them, so cut their hours.

Fuchs Mi

September 20, 2013 at 8:37 am

I bet Lawton Nuss will get paid and will not be taking any mandatory days off.

Bob Dole

September 22, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Again you are incorrect Mrs. Negative! Get your facts straight before you open your big mouth!

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