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In Kentucky, teachers claim victory as vetoes rejected

In Kentucky, teachers claim victory as vetoes rejected

The state party's headquarters is just down the street from the state Capitol, where thousands of teachers, many of them wearing red T-shirts, marched Friday in support of public education. Bevin contends the budget is imbalanced and over estimates revenues in explaining his vetoes.

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.

The override of House Bill 366 led to a second override of Bevin's veto of the budget.

"House Bill 200 ensures we fully fund the Department of Veterans' Affairs, that we fully fund the Kentucky State Police, that we ensure the request for new cruisers and rifles for the Kentucky State Police is fully funded", said Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chairman Christian McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin tweeted the it was "not true" that lawmakers had to vote for the new taxes to fund education.

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.

On Friday night, legislators in the Republican-controlled Senate voted to override the vetoes. Bevin blamed Hoover and the sexual harassment controversy for the failure to call a special session. "They don't get paid whether they go to work or not", Bevin said.

"It's entirely inappropriate and perverse that the man sitting in the governorship would criticize Kentuckians who stood up today for teachers, public employees and our public education by insinuating that their presence in Frankfort today caused a child to be sexually assaulted", Kentucky Democratic Executive Director Mary Nishimuta said.

"It's incredible 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. Osborne said he did not know if the House would vote to override. In all, 88 of the 90 Republicans in the General Assembly voted against the Republican governor on the budget.

For different explanations, although Democrats sided with the Senate.

In the Senate, Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said HB 366 will generate almost a half of billion dollars in additional money for the state over the next two fiscal years. But the Oklahoma Education Association wanted teachers' raises to be $10,000 on average. He said they would not raise enough money to cover the new spending. Earlier this month, lawmakers voted to pass a bill that preserves benefits for most workers but moves new hires into a hybrid plan.

Even the teachers looking on seemed confused at times.

Republican Rep. Jason Nemes said voting not to override the veto is a vote against public education. They are instead focused on education funding and a battle over their pensions.

In a rare off-the-cuff interview with reporters in Frankfort on Friday evening, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said teachers who called in sick to protest put children's lives in danger.

"I think it was bittersweet because it was better to have it overturned than to not have anything", Dupree said, adding the budget included funding for family resource centers, increases in SEEK and money for bus transportation.