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Teacher victory: Kentucky lawmakers override budget veto

14 April 2018

Bevin then took to Twitter again to reignite criticism of Hoover for secretly settling a sexual harassment complaint made by a staffer past year.

Ross didn't want to see a special session called after the current session ended because of the uncertainty it would hold, putting the ball back in Bevin's court, because she had already seen what he wanted to do, and thought the current bill would include more funding for education. Bevin said the outcome of that situation "was chaos in the KY House that stopped everything".

Hoover officially admitted to breaking legislative ethics rules earlier this week for exchanging sexually charged text messages with a legislative staffer who used to work for him.

Kentucky's House of Representatives has overridden Gov. Matt Bevin's veto of a $480 million tax hike that helps pay for increases in public education spending.

UPDATE: 4:18 p.m.

The two-year state operating budget includes record new spending for public education, fueled by a 50-cent increase in the cigarette tax and a 6 percent sales tax on some services including home and auto fix.

The House voted 66-28 to override the budget veto, while the Senate voted 26-12.

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This bill authorizes the state to spend $4,000 for every public school student, that is the highest level in state history.

"What this tax bill really does is raise $436 million in taxes from the people who can least afford to pay more", he said.

The override of that bill led to a second override of Bevin's veto of the budget. Gov. Bevin announced Monday, April 9, 2018, that he will veto a tax increase and 2-year operating budget GOP legislature approved in part for education.

Lawmakers are also considering whether to override Bevin's veto of the state budget bill ahead of a deadline Saturday night. Lastly, lawmakers overrode the governor's veto of a bill that phases in increases in pension contributions by local governments and school districts.

Bevin tweeted after the House overrode his veto, he will call a special session to pass a transparent and properly balanced budget.

Kentucky's budget director says lawmakers could introduce new revenue and spending bills after the governor rejected previous bills and angered teachers, many of whom have gathered at the Capitol to call for more education spending. He said he met with House and Senate leaders all week to propose a more "responsible way to pay for 100 percent of the requested education funding".

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. Well I'm not sure that the new teachers can accept that now. "But what they're doing now impacts my students and their students".

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"This is an education bill". "We have no professional development funding, no textbook funding, things that are also very much needed".

Sherri Botts teaches fifth grade in Lexington. Priest claimed the teachers had secured a "victory" with $479 million in additional school funding.

"There are protests and rallies going on all across this commonwealth".

Ross says the wanted to see the vetoes overridden because there were things she liked like increased SEEK funding, and transportation funding, although noting it's not ideal.

In Kentucky, teacher anger has boiled over amid changes to their pension system and a battle for more education funding.

This post has been updated.

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Teacher victory: Kentucky lawmakers override budget veto