Kansas Department Of Wildlife Lays Off 75 Seasonal Workers

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Dozens of seasonal employees at the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism were laid off the week before Christmas.

Department spokesman Ron Kaufman said Monday 75 seasonal KDWPT employees were told last week that their last day of work for the department was Friday. He said they would receive their final paycheck in early January. Seasonal employees work fewer than 1,000 hours a year.

Kaufman says the cuts include employees in the departments divisions of law enforcement, education, information services and wildlife and parks.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1bmxV8r ) that Secretary Robin Jennison is moving to eliminate 157 seasonal positions to accommodate the agency's constricted budget. Of those positions, 75 were filled.

Jennison says he plans to urge the 2014 Legislature to reverse reductions in the agency's seasonal workforce.