Kentucky Lawmakers Override Finances Veto in Get for Lecturers

Governor Bevin's office had warned Kentucky lawmakers earlier on Friday that they risked a poorly balanced state budget due to mistakes made in the hurriedly passed tax code overhaul on April 2, which Bevin vetoed this week.

"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.

Also on Friday, the House and Senate vetoed a two-year state spending plan that increases education funding with the help of a $480 million tax increase. More than 30 school districts across the state closed schools for the rally.

The vote was 66 to 28 in the House with only four Democrats joining 62 Republicans and 26-12 in the Senate. "I guarantee you somewhere today, a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were home alone because a single parent didn't have enough money to take care of them".

Bevin had vetoed both bills, warning the new taxes would not generate enough money to cover the new spending.

The House and Senate each voted in two steps to override Governor Matt Bevin's vetoes of the tax increase and the overall budget.

They also said the budget continues to provide inadequate funding for education and vigorously criticized the way Republicans crafted it without Democratic involvement. "So, it truly is something we need to run our public schools, is our Family Resource and Youth Service Centers".

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The increase is possible because of the tax increase approved in a separate bill, House Bill 366.

He acknowledged Bevin's promise to call a special session to enact a better budget if lawmakers sustained his vetoes but then reminded colleagues Bevin promised to call a special session on pension reform. Senate President Robert Stivers throw the decisive vote.

The agendas from Kentucky arrived amid educator protests at Oklahoma and Arizona more than instruction funding and educator cover. The Senate vote was 34-4 for the governor's veto override for the budget bill.

In Arizona, after weeks of teacher protests and walkout threats across the state, Governor Doug Ducey promised a net 20 percent raise by 2020. Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation raising teacher salaries by about $6,100 and providing millions in new education funding, but many say schools need more money.

"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. The state is at least $41 billion short of what it needs to pay retirement benefits over the next 30 years, straining state and local government finances.

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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