Kentucky legislature overrides governor's veto, as teachers rallied outside Capitol
Apr 14 2018
In a series of Tweets following Hoover's remarks, Governor Bevin promised to call a special session to pass a balanced budget.
With the chants of hundreds of teachers ringing inside their own ears, Kentucky lawmakers voted Friday to override the Senate's veto of the two-year country funding which increases public schooling spending together with the assistance of a significantly more compared to 480 million tax growth.
The Republican-held Kentucky House of Representatives vote came as thousands of teachers mobbed the state capitol on Friday protesting insufficient funds for classrooms, The Associated Press reports.
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.
Hoover - who resigned as Speaker after accusations of sexual harassment of a legislative aide and Bevin's demand he resign from the legislature - called for the override of House Bill 366, the tax reform and revenue bill.
Teachers from across Kentucky gather April 13, 2018, inside the state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., to rally for increased funding and to protest changes to their state-funded pension system.
Gov. Matt Bevin took to Twitter on Friday, voicing his frustration at Rep. Jeff Hoover as they squabbled over vetooverrides from the House and Senate. But Bevin vetoed both the budget and the money in it, calling the bills "sloppy" and "non-transparent". He said the only reason he did not call one past year was because Hoover was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a member of his staff, which kept the House tied up in a leadership dispute.
The House voted 66-28 to override the budget veto, while the Senate voted 26-12.
The agendas from Kentucky arrived amid educator protests at Oklahoma and Arizona more than instruction funding and educator cover.
Lawmakers convened Friday to consider the governor's vetoes, and the votes are expected to be close. The demonstrations were inspired by West Virginia teachers, whose nine-day walkout after many years without raises led to a 5 percent pay increase.
Friday's teacher rally did result in the closure of at least 30 Kentucky school districts, including Erlanger-Elsemere Schools and Bellevue Independent Schools.
Rallies were held in several counties Thursday.
"And they always said, "for us" - even the kids understand that we're not here for teachers, we're here for them", she said. The Legislature also restored school transportation funding and health insurance for teachers who retired after 2010 but don't yet qualify for Medicare. Photo provided by courtesy of P. Forbes, social science teacher at Williamstown Sr. The state has enough money to operate until June 30.
Bevin further angered teachers by signing legislation altering pensions for teachers and other state employees.