KY Lawmakers Easily Override Governor's Veto

KY Lawmakers Easily Override Governor's Veto

KY Lawmakers Easily Override Governor's Veto

"It's wonderful 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.

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.

More than 30 school districts closed across the state as teachers left their classrooms to travel to the Capitol and urge lawmakers to override the vetoes. The bill will create a flat tax and establish or raise taxes on goods and services.

Teachers from across the state are expected to rally in Frankfort Friday to protest the budget cuts being made by the state legislature. But 57 Republicans eagerly voted to override, asserting their independence after a tumultuous year marred by a sexual harassment scandal.

This comes after Gov. Matt Bevin offered sharp criticism of the tax law, saying it was a "sloppy, non-transparent bill" before its passage. He said the only reason he did not call one a year ago 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 Senate voted 20-18 Friday to override the GOP governor's veto of House Bill 366.

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. The House voted to override the budget plan veto a few hours earlier on Friday, 66 to 28.

The agendas from Kentucky arrived amid educator protests at Oklahoma and Arizona more than instruction funding and educator cover. The demonstrations were inspired by West Virginia teachers, whose nine-day walkout after many years without raises led to a 5 percent pay hike.

In Arizona, after weeks of teacher protests and walkout threats across the state, Governor Doug Ducey promised a net 20 percent raise by 2020.

"And they serve to discourage anyone from wanting to be a teacher in Kentucky when the governor is bashing them on an nearly daily basis", McKim told WDRB News. But they also applauded Republicans who said they were voting to override the vetoes in order to fund education.

Middle school science teacher Leslie Atkins said several students came to her Thursday and asked if she was attending the rally "for us". "The legislature doesn't understand the budget process, but yet unfortunately they are the ones making those decisions", Hoover said.

Kentucky teachers at the state Capitol on Friday, April 13, 2018. Kentucky has one of the worst-funded pension systems in the country, with the state at least $41 billion short of what it needs to pay retirement benefits over the next 30 years.

Bevin further angered teachers by signing legislation altering pensions for teachers and other state employees. Opponents worry this will discourage young people from becoming teachers.

Attorney General Andy Beshear, along with the KEA and the Fraternal Order of Police, have filed a lawsuit in Franklin Circuit Court challenging the new law.

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