- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Senate leaders may consider a stopgap measure to avoid a partial shutdown of state government over the Legislature’s impasse on budget and tax issues.

Without such a measure or a deal by Sunday on taxes and spending, the state is not authorized to pay nonessential state employees next week. Majority Leader Terry Bruce said Saturday that the Senate could consider its own stopgap measure or a bill passed unanimously by the House earlier that day.

Employees’ compensation lags several weeks behind their work, so their salary for the next pay period would come out of the budget from the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The House measure would define all state workers as “essential” in a bid to avoid the furloughs of nonessential staff.

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