Topeka — Thousands of employees at Kansas University and throughout other state agencies began receiving furlough notices Friday as a budget stalemate in the Kansas Legislature dragged into the 106th day of the session.
Lawmakers have until Saturday night to pass a balanced budget plan, including a tax package to fund it, or else all nonessential state employees would be ordered to stay home starting 12:01 a.m. Sunday.
At least 24,200 workers at Kansas state government agencies and state universities would be affected.
Figures provided Friday to The Associated Press showed that almost 71 percent of those employees work at a state university.
Kansas State University announced it sent notices to almost 8,700 employees. The number at Pittsburg State University was 530.
At Emporia State University, however, employees received an email Friday saying department chairs and deans would be furloughed, along with student workers. But senior administrative assistants would not be furloughed.