Kentucky Lawmakers Meet for Final Legislative Day on Saturday


The votes came as tens and thousands of teachers rallied forcing more than thirty school districts to close as the nation lasted the chorus of educator protests all over the nation. "I am adamant about giving my students a fair chance to be a working member of society when they grow up".

As they have several times this year, hundreds of Kentucky teachers descended on Frankfort, the capital, on Friday to urge lawmakers to override the governor's vetoes.

A spokesman for the Kentucky Education Association declined to comment. It also limits new sick days teachers can put toward their retirement.

Lawmakers overturned vetoes on a revenue and tax measure that raises $487 million in new revenues to fund a budget which increases funding for public schools and restores funding for school bus transportation.

The Senate voted 26 to 12 override Gov. Bevin's veto of the budget plan (HB 200).

"With that reasoning we would never have any vacation or breaks in school, and who knows what would happen in the summer", he said.

The budget bill vetoed by Bevin increased the SEEK formula, the main funding source for public education, but teaching advocates argue that the increase doesn't account for inflation. "The fact that Governor Bevin and Republican Leadership can't even agree on a tax plan or budget for Kentucky just shows that they aren't the sorts of folks who should be in charge".

He's wrong, he'll lose in court, we are correct in what's being done.

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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. "Transparency makes for good policy AND good politics", he wrote. I have met with House and Senate leaders all week to propose more responsible ways to pay for 100% of the requested education funding.

"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", he said. "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 any money to take care of them".

Governor Bevin voiced his frustrations for what he believes is a disregard for what is best for children.

He also claimed that some children were "introduced to drugs". The demonstrations were inspired by West Virginia teachers, whose nine-day walkout after many years without raises led to a 5 percent pay hike. In the interview, he made some statements that have raised eyebrows about the teachers not being at school.

But the union ended the walkout with about the same amount of spending teachers were promised before it began.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin noticed the teachers, too. But the Oklahoma Education Association wanted teachers' raises to be $10,000 on average. "I want to be in my classroom instructing future citizens, but I'm afraid that spending at the state level is getting worse and worse, and we need those dollars for a 21st century education", said Stephanie Ikanovic, who has been a teacher for 21 years.

Watson said the party respects and embraces people's right to demonstrate but said vandalism does nothing but diminish the cause they are fighting for. He launched a teacher walkout page on Facebook and says the movement will continue. "They don't get paid whether they go to work or not", Bevin said.