The Republican-led Kentucky legislature has rebuffed Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's vetoes of the two-year state budget and revenue bills, prompting cheers from teachers assembled in the State Capitol Rotunda.
He told reporters he saw them hanging out with their shoes off, smoking and "leaving trash around".
Teachers got the blame, as Bevin said some single parents can not afford childcare and can not afford to take time off work to watch their children.
"Surely as we're having this conversation, children were harmed. some physically, some sexually, some were introduced to drugs for the first time, because they were vulnerable and left alone.it's offensive, frankly, it really is", Bevin told the Courier-Journal.
Governor Bevin voiced his frustrations for what he believes is a disregard for what is best for children.
Teachers from across the state rallied in Frankfort on Friday to encourage legislators to override the governor's vetoes of the tax reform bill and the budget. Bevin said Hoover, "a married man, was sexually involved with a very young single member of his staff and was paying hush money to hide his actions".
The Kentucky House has overridden Gov. Matt Bevin's veto of a two-year state spending plan that increases education funding with the help of a $480 million tax increase. 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.
"You can stand here all day and act like you are all for (education) until it comes time to pay for it". "We have to have this revenue to fund our schools".
Sen. Morgan McGarvey, a Louisville Democrat, described the governor's remarks on Twitter as "an outrageous and unsubstantiated slander of a group of people who dedicate their lives to teaching and caring for our kids". But they also applauded Republicans who said they were voting to override the vetoes in order 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.
Above, Rep. Suzanne Miles, R-Owensboro, speaks on overriding the Governor's veto of House Bill 200, the state budget bill, in the House. The House voted 94-2 to override while the Senate voted 34-4. Teachers have paid their part.
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The day began with a bit of deju vu as massive crowds of teachers inundated the capitol, lobbying for additional school funding.
"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. Under the bill, new hires will have to enter a cash-balance plan, as opposed to a traditional pension, and teachers will be limited in the number of new sick days they can put toward their retirement.