Kentucky Lawmakers Override Finances Veto in Get for Lecturers

Gov. Matt Bevin called the Kentucky Education Association a

Kentucky Governor Blames Teacher Protest For Inevitable Assault Of Children Left Home Alone

On Friday night, legislators in the Republican-controlled Senate voted to override the vetoes.

McDaniel said HB 200 would boost base per-pupil funding for K-12 education to a record level of $4,000 per student in each fiscal year while providing money for school buses.

On Friday afternoon, the House voted 57-40 to override Bevin's veto of the tax bill. The vote was closer in the Senate, which secured the minimum number necessary - overriding the tax and revenue bill veto 20-18.

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. It includes a 6 percent sales tax on a variety of services, including auto and home repairs, to pay for higher classroom spending.

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

Gov. Matt Bevin, asked Friday about teachers leaving the classrooms to attend a protest rally in Frankfort, said, "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".

Thousands of teachers are rallying outside the Kentucky Capitol to call for more state funding for education. "They've done nothing to improve that process", said Carpenter.

Republicans - with an eye toward the gallery filled with red-clad teachers - said Democrats were hypocritical because they champion education while voting against the revenue bill and budget which funds increases to education.

Educators want those bills to become law because they generate new revenue which will restore funding to public education - funding that Bevin proposed cutting. The rally took on a festival-like atmosphere as some teachers sat in lawn chairs or sprawled out on blankets.

"This is the example that we want to send to our children, really?" Lastly, lawmakers overrode the governor's veto of a bill that phases in increases in pension contributions by local governments and school districts. She says she would rather be in the classroom Friday morning but she is so anxious about education spending that she chose to miss work to make sure her voice was heard.

After thousands of teachers traveled to Frankfort on Friday to protest, Gov. Matt Bevin said that somewhere in Kentucky children were sexually assaulted or ingested poison because they were left unattended. Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young's hit "Teach Your Children" bellowed from loud speakers before speeches began. "... School districts, I think, worked very hard to give parents as much notice as they could and be very considerate of families that way, and the bottom line is the governor is talking about one day where teachers went to Frankfort to advocate for their students".

Self also released a statement on the budget bill, criticizing the differences between Republicans in the legislature and the Republican governor. They're likely to get a boisterous reception from teachers. "We then create more taxpayers with more money going into the coffers to pay for things like education".

The unrest comes amid teacher protests in Oklahoma and Arizona over low funding and teacher pay. The demonstrations were inspired by West Virginia teachers, whose nine-day walkout earlier this year led to a 5 percent pay increase.

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