Bevin: 'I guarantee' a child was sexually assaulted because teachers attended protest

Thousands of teachers rallied at the Kentucky Capitol on Friday, urging lawmakers to override the veto, holding signs and chanting "we love our children".

"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", said Bevin.

Matt Bevin (R) on a $480 million state tax increase aimed at providing additional funding for public schools.

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. More than 30 school districts said they were forced to close because they didn't have enough teachers.

The House and Senate did override the governor's vetoes late Friday afternoon for House Bill 366 and House Bill 362. "I guarantee you somewhere today a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were home alone because a single parent doesn't have any money to take care of them", Gov. Bevin said.

Bevin vetoed both bills because he said the new taxes won't generate enough money to cover the new spending. They're grateful the tax hike will benefit students in their classrooms, but they're saying this is just a small victory in a bigger war.

Thousands of teachers gathered at the Capitol to ask lawmakers to override the vetoes.

The home voted 5-7 to 40 to override the veto of the tax growth and sixty six to 28 to override the budget veto. "So, it truly is something we need to run our public schools, is our Family Resource and Youth Service Centers".

Bevin tweeted after the House overrode his veto, he will call a special session to pass a transparent and properly balanced budget. In a dramatic moment, Senate President Robert Stivers cast the decisive vote for the override.

Similar protests have occurred across the nation, with teachers rallying in Oklahoma and Arizona over low funding and pay. The Senate vote was 34-4 for the governor's veto override for the budget bill.

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

John Chilton, Bevin's budget director, said he understands lawmakers have new bills to raise revenue and govern spending and could introduce them soon.

In Oklahoma, teachers ended two weeks of walkouts on Thursday, shifting their focus to electing pro-education candidates in November.

"And they serve to discourage anyone from wanting to be a teacher in Kentucky when the governor is bashing them on an nearly daily basis", McKim told WDRB News. They are instead focused on overall funding. The pension bill passed by the Kentucky legislature moves new hires onto a hybrid pension plan and would not protect them from future changes to the system.

  • Rogelio Becker