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Legislative budget impasse will cause court closings, furloughs, Chief Justice Nuss says

The Lawrence Journal World | by Scott Rothschild | April 5, 2012

Topeka - Kansans won't have access to the state judicial system for five days because of the budget meltdown in the Legislature.

Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss on Wednesday said he would order Kansas courts shut down and 1,500 employees furloughed without pay.

The closings and furloughs are set for Friday, April 13, and then every other Friday on April 27, May 11, May 25 and June 8.

The action is necessary, Nuss said, because the Legislature adjourned last week for its annual break without approving a $1.4 million supplemental appropriation for the judicial branch.

Because of a drop-off in case filing fees, the judiciary doesn't have enough money to meet payroll through the fiscal year, which ends June 30, he said. The furloughed workers will essentially be taking a 10 percent pay cut for five pay periods.

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