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More than 1,100 furloughed because of federal government shutdown, state officials say

October 4, 2013

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— More than 1,100 workers have been placed on unpaid furloughs this week because of the federal government shutdown, according to state officials.

A total of 263 federally funded, civilian state employees will be furloughed, the Adjutant General's Department reported today.

That is on top of 772 Kansas National Guardsmen who were placed on furlough earlier in the week.

This figure includes 417 Army National Guard soldiers from across the state, 209 airmen from the 190th Air Refueling Wing in Topeka and 146 airmen at the 184th Intelligence Wing in Wichita.

In addition, 66 unclassified employees at the Kansas Department of Labor have been placed on unpaid leave. Of those, 63 are from the Topeka office, two from Wichita, and one from the Great Bend office.

Labor Department officials said unemployment insurance benefits will continue to be processed, but the monthly unemployment report will be delayed until further notice.

Comments

Shelley Bock 1 year, 2 months ago

Just remember that this is the Republican jobs program, their #1 priority,

douglas6280 1 year, 2 months ago

And also remember that just like in past shut downs all will be paid for time they did not work.

tomatogrower 1 year, 2 months ago

Only if Congress passes a bill to do so. They haven't done that yet, and I don't trust the tea party. As evidenced on this forum, they hate government workers anyway, and consider them lazy know nothings. Actually the billionaire supporters feel the same about all lowly workers. Didn't start your own business and become rich like them? Didn't get born into a family with money, so you had the capital to do that? You're just a peon.

Cheryl Nelsen 1 year, 2 months ago

Oh, and how long might that take? And it's not even a done deal. Guess they can just live for weeks with pay. Don't you think they'd rather be working?

Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 2 months ago

I guess anyone could live if they got a paycheck every week, regardless. This has to be a first world problem. They can continue to pay the rent/mortgage, buy groceries, pay utilities, etc.

chootspa 1 year, 2 months ago

They're not getting a paycheck. It's all fine to tell them that they'll probably be paid eventually, likely three weeks late, but that doesn't pay the rent or buy groceries.

Liberty275 1 year, 2 months ago

That is hilarity at it's finest. Now we can't even fish without government permission.

chootspa 1 year, 2 months ago

You can still fish on the land or ocean you personally own.

overthemoon 1 year, 2 months ago

Breitbart's scions make up 90% of their 'news'.

In_God_we_trust 1 year, 2 months ago

Ever wonder how many White House staffers and servants to the President's family there is??? Read this article to find out.

http://gma.yahoo.com/white-house-shutdown-obamas-doing-dishes-101405558--abc-news-politics.html

yourworstnightmare 1 year, 2 months ago

All because the GOP want to hold the economy hostage by adding ACA defunding, an unrelated issue, to the budget resolution.

Governing by gun to the head. The new GOP legislative strategy.

oldvet 1 year, 2 months ago

As opposed to obama governing by royal edict...

kansanbygrace 1 year, 2 months ago

oldvet--The ACA most closely resembles Bob Dole's own counter to the Clinton-era healthcare reform movement. Former Republican Pres. candidate Romney implemented it, successfully, in his state.

It was passed by the legislature, signed by the executive, and given the thumbs-up of constitutionality by the supreme court. The republican house has tried over 40 times to overturn it, resulting in perpetual failure.

Royal edict does not describe that reality. What's your point?

Trumbull 1 year, 2 months ago

So all of a sudden our democracy is a royal edict? Congress passed the ACA. I cannot connect your dots.

overthemoon 1 year, 2 months ago

dots of fried chicken grease on their tea party t-shirts?

Liberty275 1 year, 2 months ago

I applaud the GOP and encourage them to continue.

Your analogy is insensitive. Have you ever had a gun pointed at you?

JayhawkFan1985 1 year, 2 months ago

Lighten up Francis. He was using a metaphor to describe what the GOP is doing that is harming the American economy and the American people because of their insensitivity and their pandering to the radical right who would rather burn the world than have a black American born citizen as president.

Centerville 1 year, 2 months ago

House has already passed back pay for these people - 407 to 0. Looks like the House Ds are pretty chagrined with their Senate leadership.

cowboy 1 year, 2 months ago

If there is still any doubt on who is responsible for the dysfunction in our congress read this....http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/us/a-federal-budget-crisis-months-in-the-planning.html?hp&_r=0

OlDan 1 year, 2 months ago

Good Grief! It appears that these workers should not have been furloghed in the first place.

The Pay Our Military Act (H.R. 3210) is a bill from the 113th United States Congress that would appropriate funds to pay members of the Armed Forces of the United States in the event that the federal government shut down. The bill was signed into law on September 30, 2013, only hours before the government officially shut down. And guess what...it came from the Republicans in the house.

The bill was interpreted by lawyers from the Defense and Justice Departments to allow nearly all civilian Defense personnel to return to work as well, on the basis that they "contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members."

This includes virtually all DOD employees, yet this admisinstration chose to furlough everyone in spite of the Pay Our Military Act. To make matters worse, the msm has given Chuck Hagel credit for calling the employees back. Just one more example of the msm deceiving low information voters to blame this entirely on the Republicans.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/pentagon-to-recall-most-furloughed-workers-hagel-says/2013/10/05/eb7ed346-2deb-11e3-8ade-a1f23cda135e_story.html

Adding insult to injury, this administration has closed parks that do not receive fedreal funding. Can anyone say lawsuit?

Adding further insult to injury, the Democrat controlled Senate is refusing to consider legislation passed by the house to open certain important and popular programs such as NIH. Check out Harry Reid on this one.

http://www.inquisitr.com/977493/government-shutdown-harry-reid-cnn-reporter-tussle-over-kids-with-cancer-funding-video/

These are the types of things not being reported by the msm.

Now back to that question about "any doubt on who is responsible for the dysfunction in our congress".

JayhawkFan1985 1 year, 2 months ago

All I see in your post is the GOP talking points. The GOP shut the government down. They need to open all of it back up. Any less is just pandering to the radical right who just want to promote anarchy instead of good government.

OlDan 1 year, 2 months ago

They are more than talking points JF1985, they are facts. And they are facts that Obama, the Ds and the msm do not want people to know about. Things like the above will continue to come out and people will begin understand that Ds are equally to blame for this shut down. It's really a power struggle between the two parties and the American citizens will once again be the losers.

JayhawkFan1985 1 year, 2 months ago

What exactly is wrong with the media? I know some people watch faux news. I watch it purely for the entertainment value.

JayhawkFan1985 1 year, 2 months ago

ACA was passed by both houses of congress. It was signed into law by POTUS. It was upheld by the Supreme Court. It has withstood something like 4 dozen challenges from the Koch brothers backed elements of the House. Those are the facts. Just because the official ruling doesn't go your way doesn't mean you can take the football home with you. The GOP lost. Time to move forward. Time for the tea party and Fox News to stop being so angry.

JayhawkFan1985 1 year, 2 months ago

Plus ACA has nothing to do with government funding or the debt ceiling.

JayhawkFan1985 1 year, 2 months ago

Also time to stop making facts up. You can have an opinion. I will respect that. You cannot make stuff up and repeat it so often that less informed people just gobble it up. That's not democracy. That's what Hitler and Stalin did.

Liberty275 1 year, 2 months ago

I believe it is now time for the executive branch of our government to erect chain link fences where possible around all National Parks to prevent people from breaking the law and entering American National Parks during the shutdown.

While the concrete barriers at the entranceways to our parks have been somewhat effective, I believe fences are required to stop people from breaking the law and using America's National Parks when they are closed.

Additionally, use drones to locate people that have illegally entered National Parks. Find them and put them in jail.

If people want to be heros and push over the barricades or climb the fences, put them in jail. That will take the hero out of them.

It's time for the executive branch of our government to show the American citizens who is in charge.

JayhawkFan1985 1 year, 2 months ago

They can't spend money to erect a fence. There is a government shutdown in affect...

yourworstnightmare 1 year, 2 months ago

The GOP talking points are changing. This is no longer a government shutdown, but a temporary lapse in federal funding. Also, the ACA is rarely mentioned by them anymore. Instead, they vaguely invoke out of control spending.

This change in message makes me think the GOP are trying to soften the impact because they realize that the shutdown is their fault and, more importantly, they realize that the American people realize the shut down is their fault.

Pass the popcorn!

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