TOPEKA, Kansas – State universities in Kansas are putting their employees, faculty and students on notice that some of them may be furloughed early Sunday morning if the Kansas legislature doesn’t come up with a state budget by Saturday night.
Pittsburg State University says about 530 of its workers will be furloughed if the Kansas Legislature does not pass a budget by Sunday.
The university said on its website Friday that 280 employees and about 250 student workers would be furloughed.
Pittsburg State President Steve Scott said on the university’s website that it is painful to know that employees will feel devalued by the situation.
Workers facing the potential furlough are from the university’s custodial, athletics and technology departments.
Kansas State University would furlough 8,720 workers if the state does not reach a budget deal by Sunday.
A university spokesman said Friday that nearly 70 percent of its 12,657 workers would be deemed nonessential and furloughed.
Kansas State President Kirk Schulz said in a statement that the disruption caused by the potential furlough could have unintended consequences.
While the University of Kansas has not released the number of those facing furloughs, a message to students, faculty and staff said, “…we want to assure those of you enrolled for summer session that classes will start as scheduled on Tuesday, June 9, and proceed without interruption during the summer.”
Other Regents Universities in Kansas also are preparing for furloughs. You can view their statements below.