KY Governor claims "child was sexually assaulted" because of teacher protests

Katrina Barker
April 14, 2018

McDaniel said HB 200 would boost base per-pupil funding for K-12 education to a record level of $4,000 per student in each fiscal year while providing money for school buses. They said that the tax growth disproportionately hurts the poor when.

The Republican-controlled House voted 57-40 to override the GOP governor's veto of House Bill 366.

The veto put Republican lawmakers in a tough position, asking them to vote a second time on a tax increase in an election year.

The law includes a 50 cent cigarette tax increase and a sales tax on a variety of services including dry cleaning, pet grooming and landscaping.

Bevin vetoed the tax increase because he said it would not generate enough money to cover new state spending.

"What this bill does is what Republicans have talked about for many years on tax reform", he said.

Senate Minority Floor Leader Ray S. Jones II, D-Pikeville, spoke against the veto override. In the interview, he made some statements that have raised eyebrows about the teachers not being at school.

Republican Rep. Jason Nemes said voting not to override the veto is a vote against public education. Democrats say the tax bill favors the wealthy over lower-income individuals.

"The disgusting comments by Gov. Bevin insinuating that a peaceful protest by teachers would lead to sexual assault are reprehensible", Wise said Friday on Twitter. He called the bill "sloppy" and "non-transparent".

In Arizona, after weeks of teacher protests and walkout threats across the state, Gov. Doug Ducey promised a net 20 percent raise by 2020.

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.

Teachers groups are cool to the plan because it only addresses teacher pay. They did so as teachers in red-clad t-shirts watched closely from the gallery.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. "The legislature doesn't understand the budget process, but yet unfortunately they are the ones making those decisions", Hoover said.

As that reality started to sink in at the Capitol, the governor expressed his frustration with the teachers who called in sick to rally to reporters. Brandon Smith called on lawmakers to override Bevin's veto of the budget to keep the governor from calling lawmakers back for a special legislative session. That's why our teachers demand an override.

The pension bill that Bevin signed will mostly affect future workers, especially teachers, who will no longer receive conventional pension plans. The rally took on a festival-like atmosphere in Kentucky as some teachers sat in lawn chairs or sprawled out on blankets. They chanted "vote them out" and "we love our children".

Lawmakers' votes on Friday come with a price. He bemoaned the "hundreds of thousands of children" he says were likely left home alone because schools were closed and some parents likely did not have time to find child care. Crosby Stills, Nash and Young's hit "Teach Your Children" bellowed from the loud speakers.

It also seemed odd watching Democrats voting to support a Republican governor, one a lot of them strongly dislike.

Those cheers were dampened later when Bevin decried teachers for leaving work to protest at the Capitol, causing more than 30 school districts in the states to close for the day. They're likely to get a boisterous reception from teachers.

Goodman says Kentucky teachers historically knew there was a financial trade off in lower salaries for doing a job that support a public good.

Teachers in other states are also pushing for better pay and conditions, inspired in part by a successful strike last month in West Virginia.

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