Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Louisville teachers rally against vetoes

Louisville teachers rally against vetoes

This story will be updated as new information becomes available. To override Bevin's vetoes, lawmakers must gain 51 votes in the House and 20 votes in the Senate.

Thousands of teachers are in Frankfort Friday as organizations are pushing for education funding in the final days of the 2018 Regular Session.

Teachers rallied at the Kentucky Statehouse on Monday, April 2. Most teachers and school staff arrived on school buses, disembarking while the Crosby Stills, Nash and Young song "Teach Your Children" played from some loud speakers.

Republican Sen. Julie Raque Adams took to Twitter saying: "I want to be crystal clear, I'm listening to our teachers voices - I voted no on the pension bill".

Educators from across the state are converging on the state capital to protest possible budget cuts that would affect public schools and to express their disapproval with changes to their pensions.

On Friday, budget and tax bills will be up for debate. He said they would not raise enough money to cover the new spending.

One question to consider: Can the KEA pressure any Democrats into supporting an override even though they voted against the bill, which one study said would create an overall tax increase for 95 percent of Kentuckians while cutting taxes for the richest 5 percent of the population?

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Republican Rep. Jason Nemes said voting not to override the veto is a vote against public education. They wanted the vetoes to stand, forcing the governor to call a special session of the state legislature to pass a new budget.

"If the Governor's vetoes are not overridden, the financial implications of these vetoes mean that budget cuts to school districts will be inevitable", reads a Facebook post on the Erlanger-Elsmere Independent School District.

The Republican-controlled House voted 66-28 to override Bevin's vetoes of House Bill 200. In a dramatic moment, Senate President Robert Stivers cast the decisive vote for the override.

Republican Rep. David Livingston said Friday that the 9 percent salary boost Ducey proposed for the coming school year would cost more than all other optional spending requests by the governor and lawmakers in ongoing budget negotiations.

"It may or may not need a special session", Bevin said on WHAS radio Tuesday.

"We know this pension bill will cause mass retirement of teachers, law enforcement and others", Beshear said of the suit.

"The only reason we did not have a special session previous year is because Jeff Hoover, a married man, was sexually involved with a very young, single member of his staff and was paying hush money to hide his actions", Bevin responded on Twitter.

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