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Kansas Universities Send Emails Outlining Furlough Plans

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The University of Kansas plans to exclude professors of summer classes from incoming furloughs.

As the Kansas Legislature fights over how to balance the budget that kicks in at the end of the month, the state is preparing for possible employee furloughs.

On Wednesday, the University of Kansas sent an email to all employees outlining how the furloughs will be done and tips on how workers can file for unemployment insurance. Kansas State University sent a similar email to its staff Tuesday.

According to the state board of regents, each university will decide which employees are essential and which ones will be furloughed should the state reach midnight Sunday without a budget.

In all, the state says it has about 35,000 employees. The Department of Administration is working on a plan now to decide who is essential and who is not.

KU says instructors teaching summer classes are considered essential and will not be furloughed. 

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