Archive for Friday, April 24, 2009

House speaker says furloughs in mix to fix state budget woes

April 24, 2009


— The speaker of the Kansas House says legislators need to consider furloughing workers as part of a budget-balancing plan.

Speaker Mike O’Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, said Friday that he’s in favor of considering something “reasonable,” such as one day a month of unpaid time off.

Legislators must close a projected $328 million deficit in the budget for the state’s 2010 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Lawmakers return Wednesday from their annual spring break to tackle the job.

Democrats generally have opposed furloughs, saying they amount to a pay cut.

But O’Neal said he wants to consider them before other proposals to boost state revenues.


always4ever 8 years, 12 months ago

That's ridiculous. We just heard from the Provost at today's budget update that furloughs are the "next to last option" that the university would like to take. I hope the House will seriously consider the impact it would have on many families. Please look for other options!

Danielle Brunin 8 years, 12 months ago

I wish they would outline what they think they might do. Rumors are running rampant. I heard just yesterday that we might have to take off one day a week, but then it's one day a month. Not knowing is almost always worse than knowing. Oh well, don't worry about us, it's only our lives after all.

BigDog 8 years, 12 months ago

Furloughs is their way of protecting jobs for state employees ..... otherwise much like the private sector when they have a downturn ..... they will have to layoff state employees.

The $328 million shortfall is a bit deceiving ..... they have an additional $20 they have to spend to pull down the FEMA money for the disaster in western Kansas in 2007. And this is just to get them to a zero ending balance .... they would have nothing left in the bank ...... so most likely they will need at least another $100 to $120 million in the bank (and that would only be a 2% cushion

So in the grand scheme of things they are roughly $450 million short. And that is after the cuts already made in the first budget.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 12 months ago

Make no mistake, this would be tantamount to a pay cut. If not, then O'Neal needs to simultaneously explain how the state would deal with a 5% reduction in productivity from state workers.

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