Thousands of teachers rallied at the Kentucky Capitol on Friday, urging lawmakers to override Bevin's vetoes. Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young's hit "Teach Your Children" bellowed from loud speakers before speeches began.
This comes after Gov. Matt Bevin offered sharp criticism of the tax law, saying it was a "sloppy, non-transparent bill" before its passage. He told reporters he saw them hanging out with their shoes off, smoking and "leaving trash around". "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".
"You know how many hundreds of thousands of children today were left home alone?"
"It's for all people, it's for all people, it's for all colors, it's for all types of students, all types of learners, said Stacy Garden of the Warren County Education Association".
Stephanie Ikanovic, who has been a teacher for 21 years, said earlier in the day she did not want to be out of her classroom, but said she felt compelled to come to Frankfort to advocate for her students.
"I don't want to be out of my classroom".
The two-year 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. Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, said the bill raises new money "on working folks" while "giving a $500 million rebate to our wealthiest and corporations".
"My team and I have spent the past ten days with tax experts, as well as legislative leaders and staff, analyzing, scoring and attempting to correct House Bill 366, the revenue bill that Governor Bevin vetoed", State Budget Director John Chilton said in a statement released by Bevin on Twitter. The Senate vote was 34-4 for the governor's veto override for the budget bill. Teachers chanted "We are united, can't be divided" as lawmakers debated whether to override the veto.
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It also seemed odd watching Democrats voting to support a Republican governor, one majority strongly dislike. They said that the tax growth disproportionately hurts the poor when. "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".
When the second to last day was done, House and Senate members had blocked Bevin's vetoes on the budget, a tax bill and legislation to stretch pension payments for municipalities out over time. To generate more revenue for schools, Kentuckians will pay a 6% sales tax increase for services like home and auto. In a dramatic moment, Senate President Robert Stivers cast the decisive vote for the override.
"It makes sure we fully fund the request of the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System for a full pension contribution", McDaniel said.
Teachers in other states are also pushing for better pay and conditions, inspired in part by a successful strike last month in West Virginia.
An Arizona lawmaker who chairs the powerful House Appropriations Committee is questioning how Republican Gov. Doug Ducey can get the cash to increase teacher pay 20 percent by 2020.
In Oklahoma, teachers ended two weeks of walkouts on Thursday, shifting their focus to electing proeducation candidates in November. More than 30 school districts across the state closed schools for the rally.
Kentucky teachers haven't asked for a raise. The state has enough money to operate until June 30. And then he said 'I am stating publicly that I will call a special session to pass a properly balanced budget'. The group started by encouraging teachers to wear red to school on Wednesdays, using the hashtag #RedforED in social media posts. The pension changes have already drawn a court challenge.