Kentucky legislature votes to override governor's budget, tax, pension phase-in vetoes

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Teachers from across Kentucky gather inside the state Capitol to rally for increased funding for education, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Ky.

"It's entirely inappropriate and perverse that the man sitting in the governorship would criticize Kentuckians who stood up today for teachers, public employees and our public education by insinuating that their presence in Frankfort today caused a child to be sexually assaulted", Kentucky Democratic Party Executive Director Mary Nishimuta said.

Bevin's comments came shortly after Republican lawmakers voted to override his vetoes of a two-year operating budget that included increased spending for public education with the help of an accompanying $480 million tax increase.

The country budget that is working consists of listing new spending for instruction, fueled and also a 6 per cent sales tax on certain solutions, for example auto and home fixes.

The House voted 66-28 to override the budget veto, while the Senate voted 26-12. He said they would not raise enough money to cover the new spending.

Bevin had vetoed both bills, warning the new taxes would not generate enough money to cover the new spending. Democrats say the tax bill favors the wealthy over lower-income individuals.

Kentucky's House and Senate have overridden two of Governor Matt Bevin's vetoes. "Well, that's a coward", said Republican Rep. Regina Huff, a middle school special education teacher.

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"With that reasoning we would never have any vacation or breaks in school, and who knows what would happen in the summer", he said.

That prompted Bevin to take a shot at Hoover on social media shortly after the House voted 57-40 to override the veto of the tax and revenue bill. That the vetoes were desired by them to endure, which would've pressured the Senate to call a special session of the State Legislature to pass a new funding. In a dramatic moment, Senate President Robert Stivers cast the decisive vote for the override.

Lawmakers convened Friday to consider the governor's vetoes, and the votes are expected to be close.

Similar protests have occurred across the nation, with teachers rallying in Oklahoma and Arizona over low funding and pay. The demonstrations were inspired by West Virginia teachers, whose nine-day walkout after many years without raises led to a 5 percent pay increase.

In Oklahoma, teachers ended two weeks of walkouts on Thursday, shifting their focus to electing pro-education candidates in November.

"Crickets", Bevin tweeted, adding he vowed to call a special session to pass a new budget if lawmakers approved his vetoes.

Friday's teacher rally did result in the closure of at least 30 Kentucky school districts, including Erlanger-Elsemere Schools and Bellevue Independent Schools. The pension bill passed by the Kentucky legislature moves new hires onto a hybrid pension plan and would not protect them from future changes to the system.

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