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KANSAS COURT WORKERS – STAYING ON THE JOB

Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss says court workers in the state won’t be furloughed for a week this month.
A contingency plan drafted last summer proposed that the courts be closed for up to six weeks, beginning February 15, as a cost-cutting measure due to severe budget deficits.
But in a letter to employees Thursday, Nuss said budget-reduction steps already taken have eliminated the need for an immediate furlough.
Among the reductions were a statewide hiring freeze, reductions in travel and temporary hours, and a surcharge on most court filings. The court system also utilized revenue enhancements resulting from a stimulus grant.
Nuss said the judiciary also remains confident of receiving a $5 million supplemental appropriation that has been approved by the House Appropriations Committee.
But Nuss also held out the possibility that furloughs might be necessary later. If the Legislature approves the supplemental appropriation, he said non-judicial staff members may be limited to only four days of furlough. Without the appropriation, Nuss said staff members could face up to 24 days of furlough before June 30th.

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