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Kentucky legislature overrides governor's vetoes of budget, revenue bills

15 April 2018

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.

Matt Bevin, however, vetoed the bill on Monday. Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young's hit "Teach Your Children" bellowed from loud speakers before speeches began.

In Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey's announcement Thursday of a plan to give teachers 20% pay raises by 2020 was met with some skepticism.

Teachers rallying at the Capitol said they were still frustrated by lawmakers' passage and Bevin's signature of a bill that tweaks benefits to current state workers and moves future educators out of the conventional pension system. Do you know how many hundreds of thousands of children today were left home alone? He spoke of children ingesting poison or being physically assaulted because they were home and "a single parent didn't have any money to take care of them". "I'm offended by the idea that people so cavalierly and so flippantly disregarded what's truly best for children".

Kentucky committed itself in January to pay film companies $421 million in incentives, just ahead of the February 1 deadline when Gov. Matt Bevin ordered the program suspended because he believes it costs the state too much money, the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet said Wednesday. Asked if they would include major changes to the budget, Osborne said: "I don't know". He said they would not raise enough money to cover the new spending.

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.

"You can stand here all day and act like you are all for (education) until it comes time to pay for it".

Classes were canceled in communities across the state as teachers descended on the statehouse, wearing red T-shirts and carrying signs that said "I love my public school". "We plan on being in school (today)".

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It also seemed odd watching Democrats voting to support a Republican governor, one majority strongly dislike. They said the tax increase disproportionately harms the poor while benefiting the wealthy.

John Chilton, Bevin's budget director, said he understands lawmakers have new bills to raise revenue and govern spending and could introduce them soon. Senate President Robert Stivers is confident the tax bill will produce enough revenue to balance the budget.

The Senate later voted 26-12 to override the budget veto.

The long-brewing demonstrations followed protests by educators in Oklahoma, Arizona, and West Virginia, who were frustrated about low pay and deep cuts to school funding.

The New York Times reported that Oklahoma teachers ended a nine-day walkout on Thursday after winning $6,000 raises.

A Pike group official said the effort in that Eastern Kentucky county goes against the wishes of the Kentucky Education Association, which has taken a cautious approach to school closures that is frustrating many Pike County teachers.

Teachers from every Northeast Kentucky district made the trip, although no area districts closed for the day. But they also applauded Republicans who said they were voting to override the vetoes in order to fund education.

Kentucky legislature overrides governor's vetoes of budget, revenue bills