In the nick of time, state workers in Kansas were saved from a partial government shutdown Saturday after legislators voted unanimously to keep thousands of state workers on the job this week. Meanwhile though, the budget and tax issues haven’t yet been resolved. Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill over the weekend, from the Legislature, and the new law took effect Saturday night. But at the same time, the Governor urged legislators to approve a plan for raising taxes to balance the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, less than a month away. Without a budget for the next fiscal year, the state had no legal authority to pay employees for work after Saturday. The bill approved over the weekend, declares all state employees “essential” for the next few weeks so that they can at least stay on the job. They will be paid on time if a budget is in place at the start of the new fiscal year.