Kentucky teachers react to vetoes

Kentucky Lawmakers Override Governor Veto on Tax, Budget Bills

"What this bill does is what Republicans have talked about for many years on tax reform", he said.

They did it with nearly no help from Democrats while thousands of teachers once again descended upon the capitol to call for more money for education and protest changes to their pension system.

Kentucky lawmakers voted Friday to override the Republican governor's veto of a two-year state budget that increases public education spending with the help of a more than $480 million tax increase. Bevin contends the budget is imbalanced and over estimates revenues in explaining his vetoes. But Bevin vetoed both the budget and the money in it, calling the bills "sloppy" and "non-transparent". But Friday, teachers cheered as Republicans voted to override Gov. Matt Bevin's vetoes.

The votes exposed again the rift between Bevin and former House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, and perhaps a growing rift with other Republican lawmakers.

By asking them to vote for another period to get the tax increase in a election 25, the veto put law makers at a position.

"The disgusting comments by Gov. Bevin insinuating that a peaceful protest by teachers would lead to sexual assault are reprehensible", Wise said Friday on Twitter.

"The only reason we did not have a special session past year is because Jeff Hoover, a married man, was sexually involved with a very young, single member of his staff and was paying hush money to hide his actions..."

"Mr. Speaker, I heard the Governor say last week or read what he said".

Kentucky Education Association President Stephanie Winkler said Friday night she was appalled at Bevin's comment.

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"It's fantastic that even when Republicans control both chambers of state government as well as the Governor's Mansion that they can't even agree on the direction to take Kentucky", Self said.

The Kentucky Senate has voted to override Gov. Matt Bevin's veto of House Bill 362, which would let local governments phase-in pension increases.

The Republican-controlled state Senate will take up the veto next. In all, 88 of the 90 Republicans in the General Assembly voted against the Republican governor on the budget.

Democrats sided with the governor, but for different reasons. "What this tax bill really does, it raises 436 million dollars in taxes from the people who can least afford to pay for it", argued Jones.

They also said the budget continues to provide inadequate funding for education and vigorously criticized the way Republicans crafted it without Democratic involvement.

During House debate of HB 366, Minority Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, also spoke against the veto override. Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, said the bill raises new money "on working folks" while "giving a $500 million rebate to our wealthiest and corporations". He says lawmakers could pass amendments to the bills that have already passed.

Even the teachers looking on seemed confused at times.

In Frankfort, educators and students from across the commonwealth came together in solidarity in support of public education. She said the protest had moved on beyond pensions to the stagnant funding for public education.

Some of the state's largest districts, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa, already had planned to close on Friday for a tenth consecutive day after frustrated teachers walked off their jobs demanding more funding for classrooms.

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