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(AP) The Kentucky House has approved a resolution encouraging Governor Steve Beshear not to furlough any more state employees.

To balance the budget, Beshear ordered 36,000 state workers to take six nonconsecutive unpaid furlough days this fiscal year. Three of those days have passed so far.

Representatives say the furloughs have caused financial hardships for state employees. The House voted 89-0 Wednesday to approve the symbolic resolution that calls for an end to the furloughs.

The furloughs were meant to minimize disruption in state services. Beshear has said they will be among the first options looked at if tax receipts are strong enough to ensure a balanced budget.