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Kansas Senate leader is not ruling out furloughs

TOPEKA | A Republican legislative leader isn't ruling out furloughs or unpaid leave for state employees after July 1.

Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, an Independence Republican, said Friday that "everything is on the table" in trying to deal with the state's budget problems.

Governors in other states already are pursuing furloughs, asking government workers to take pay cuts or canceling paid holidays.

And in Kansas, Rep. Bill Otto, a LeRoy Republican, has drafted a proposal to force nonessential state employees to work a four-day, 36-hour week, cutting their pay 10 percent.

Schmidt wouldn't rule out proposals to have state workers take unpaid leave or make some of their existing holidays unpaid.

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