Kentucky lawmakers override two of Governor Bevin's vetoes

Kentucky lawmakers override two of Governor Bevin's vetoes

Thousands of teachers rallied Friday at the Kentucky Capitol, urging lawmakers to override Bevin's vetoes.

During a news conference Monday, Gov. Matt Bevin said it would be a mistake for Kentucky teachers to walk off the job.

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

Bevin also dissed protesting teachers for "hangin' out, shoes off. smokin', leavin' trash around, takin' the day off".

"I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them", the governor told a group of reporters outside the Capitoll.

Bevin told WDRB that he was "offended by the idea that people so cavalierly and so flippantly disregarded what's truly best for children".

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Bevin's comments came as thousands of teachers gathered in Frankfort on Friday to protest Bevin's signing of a bill to overhaul the state's pension system.

Bevin said he has put more money into teachers' pensions during three years in office than former Gov. Steve Beshear did in eight. He said they would not raise enough money to cover the new spending.

The House and Senate did override the governor's vetoes late Friday afternoon for House Bill 366 and House Bill 362. But Bevin vetoed both the budget and the money in it, calling the bills "sloppy" and "non-transparent".

A survey done in 2011 and summarized in 2013 found that two percent of 5-year-olds and 6-year-olds who lived with their mother were left alone some of the time they weren't in school; that proportion increased to almost 30 percent of 14-year-olds. Both vetoes were overridden on Friday.

"You can stand here all day and act like you are all for (education) until it comes time to pay for it". Organizers said parents were given plenty of notice about school closings. We encourage families and community members to also attend if they are available and to contact their legislators if they are concerned about funding for public schools and public services.

For different explanations, although Democrats sided with the Senate. They said the tax increase disproportionately harms the poor while benefiting the wealthy.

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As for why he vetoed the tax and budget bills, Bevin said: "They weren't looking out for the people that are paying for everything to the degree that I think they should have and could have". Senate President Robert Stivers is confident the tax bill will produce enough revenue to balance the budget.

The Republican-controlled House voted 66-28 to override Bevin's vetoes of House Bill 200.

Educators from across the state are converging on the state capital to protest possible budget cuts that would affect public schools and to express their disapproval with changes to their pensions.

The New York Times reported that Oklahoma teachers ended a nine-day walkout on Thursday after winning $6,000 raises. He said it breaks the "inviolable contract" with Kentucky's teachers and other public workers. They are instead focused on education funding and a battle over their pensions.

The state will contribute more to teachers' pensions every month because they aren't eligible for Social Security. The governor could call lawmakers back for a special session to pass a new budget and revenue bills. People who oppose the plan are concerned it will discourage younger people from becoming teachers, according to the Washington Post.

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