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Number of Kansas government workers grew last year

Published on -4/24/2013, 12:51 PM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The number of Kansas state employees increased in the last fiscal year, although most of the new positions were temporary jobs with no benefits, according to a report from the Kansas Department of Administration.

The state employed 69,974 temporary and regular workers in fiscal year 2013, up 143 from the previous fiscal year, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported (http://bit.ly/15JXthX ). While 937 regular positions were cut in the fiscal year, the state added 1,080 temporary employees, according the department's report.

Benefits were given to 103 of those temporary workers, according to the report.

The report found many state agencies stayed at previous staffing levels or reduced employees for fiscal year 2013. The largest cuts were in the Kansas Department for Children and Families, which had 348 fewer employees; the Kansas Department of Revenue, which had 134 fewer; and the Kansas Department of Labor, which had 97 fewer.

However, three state universities reported more hiring. The largest increases were at Wichita State University, which added 291 employees; Kansas State University, which had 285 more workers; and The University of Kansas Medical Center, with 228 additions.

The state also had 989 fewer classified employees, who are protected by the civil service system, and 1,132 more unclassified employees, who can be dismissed at will. Those numbers include regular and temporary employees.

The shift toward unclassified employees is expected to continue after the House budget committee voted in March to require new information technology workers, supervisors and lawyers to be unclassified. The bill exempted the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Adjutant General's office, Highway Patrol, Juvenile Justice Authority, Corrections Department and the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

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