Brownback Says State Braced For Shutdown

Gov. Sam Brownback signs the Hard 50 bill into law. (Courtesy: Kansas Governor's Office)
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Sam Brownback says his administration had been preparing for the possibility of a federal government shutdown, taking steps to make sure services continue in Kansas.

The Republican governor, a former member of the U.S. House and Senate, says Tuesday that the state had built up cash reserves to keep operations that depend on federal support running.

Spokeswoman Eileen Hawley says agencies were encouraged to draw down any federal funds they could ahead of the shutdown to get them through a short-term interruption.

The largest impact on state operations was with the Kansas adjutant general's department where several hundred people who are federal full-time military staff will be idled. The adjutant general's department includes National Guard and emergency management functions for the state.