As the House of Representatives took to the floor to debate a controversial tax overhaul that generates revenue in an effort to fund education and pension payments, Gov. Bevin threatened to call them back to Frankfort in a special session if the bills were not fiscally responsible.
Meanwhile, thousands of teachers rallied at the state Capitol on Friday, pushing for lawmakers to increase funding for education and protesting a law signed by Bevin that changes state worker pension benefits. "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".
If public education doesn't get additional funding, Busch said, more families will turn to charter and private schools, some of which won't accept students with special needs or will make them pay more to attend. But 57 Republicans eagerly voted to override, asserting their independence after a tumultuous year marred by a sexual harassment scandal. The state has enough money to operate until June 30.
ALERT: @JCPSKY schools will be closed Friday, April 13, 2018 due to more than 2,500 teacher absences. The demonstrations were inspired by West Virginia teachers, whose nine-day walkout after many years without raises led to a 5 percent pay increase.
"The revenue and the budget bills really go hand in hand", said Rep. Michael Meredith. "My mouth was hanging open and I don't even know what I can tell you", Kentucky Education Association President Stephanie Winkler told the Lexington Herald-Leader.
In Arizona, after weeks of teacher protests and walkout threats across the state, Gov. Doug Ducey promised a net 20 percent raise by 2020.
By asking them to vote for another period to get the tax increase in a election 25, the veto put law makers at a position.
Republican Rep. Jeff Hoover told his colleagues not to trust Bevin, reminding them the governor promised to call a special session past year on pension reform but never did.
In Oklahoma, teachers ended two weeks of walkouts Thursday, shifting their focus to electing pro-education candidates in November.
"It's a constitutional requirement in the state of Kentucky to fund public 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.
Bevin said "for a fact. hundreds of thousands" of children were left home alone because schools were closed in 39 districts across the state to allow teachers and administrators to protest funding cuts. Right now, I feel our students need all of us here as we have to model our full commitment to our students. According to the IRS, these plans blend aspects of two more common types of pension plans known as defined benefit and defined contribution plans.
Kentucky State Police limited access into the building to only 500 protesters at a time, creating a crowded bottleneck of people trying to enter the Capitol. The group started by encouraging teachers to wear red to school on Wednesdays, using the hashtag #RedforED in social media posts.
Changes already were made to the teacher pension system.