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Kentucky teachers rally in 'day of action' at state Capitol

14 April 2018, 08:13 | Damon Campbell

Daviess County Public Schools didn't close classes on Friday but sent a group of 28 delegates from the district to Frankfort instead

Daviess County Public Schools didn't close classes on Friday but sent a group of 28 delegates from the district to Frankfort instead

Bevin's comments came shortly after Republican lawmakers voted to override his vetoes of a two-year operating budget that included increased spending for public education with the help of an accompanying $480 million tax increase. "The fact that someone believes that revenues may not be there is not sufficient for a budget reduction act", explained Stivers.

During debate on tax reforms, opponents argued budget cuts might be necessary as soon as this fall, if the revenue bill doesn't generate sufficient tax dollars.

When asked by a WDRB News reporter about the teachers who rallied on Friday, Bevin spent more than a minute describing how he believed the closed schools may have contributed to people preying on children.

The votes exposed again the rift between Bevin and former House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, and perhaps a growing rift with other Republican lawmakers.

The veto puts Republican lawmakers in a tough position, asking them to vote a second time on a tax increase in an election year.

Ross didn't want to see a special session called after the current session ended because of the uncertainty it would hold, putting the ball back in Bevin's court, because she had already seen what he wanted to do, and thought the current bill would include more funding for education.

"Mr. Speaker, I heard the Governor say last week or read what he said".

"Gov. Bevin's comments last night saying teachers rallying in Frankfort led to children being sexually abused are morally reprehensible and must be condemned by all Kentuckians", Beshear said. "This is coming from a governor when he can only get three or four Republicans to support his veto".

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed both bills, arguing the tax increase was not enough to cover the new spending. But 57 House Republicans, later joined by just enough Senate Republicans, voted to override, asserting their independence after a tumultuous year marred by a sexual harassment scandal.

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The override vote on the budget wasn't close. The Republican-controlled state Senate will take up the vetoes next.

One of the representatives who voted to uphold the governor's veto was Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, who said the General Assembly had a chance to do better.

Another piece of legislation also raised education funding, providing more than $70 million over the next fiscal year for textbooks, state aid and flex health care benefits.

At least 40 teachers are running for Kentucky legislative seats this year, majority Democrats. Minority Floor Leader Ray Jones offered this on the tax measure. That the vetoes were desired by them to endure, which would've pressured the Senate to call a special session of the State Legislature to pass a new funding.

Even the teachers looking on seemed confused at times. "However, both bills provide much needed P-12 funding for the next biennium".

In a letter, Kentucky Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Hal Heiner says there's been a 27% increase in education funding since 2011.

Daviess County Public School officials tell us instead of canceling classes on Friday, a group of 28 delegates from the district traveled to the Capitol.

"There are some good things there, but we also lost things", she added.

Bevin's communications office did not respond to email request for comment.

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