In a rebuke of their own governor, the Republican-controlled General Assembly overrode three major vetoes by Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday. He took his disdain for the KEA, the union that represents teachers, to a new level.
Priest said the union had polled members throughout the walkout, and that by Thursday, 70% of respondents indicated they were unsure of continuing. "It's unleashed this mayhem for the sake of unleashing mayhem". Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.
"The public supports teachers and the Governor would like nothing better than to be able to paint teachers as the villains for repeatedly closing school and interfering with students' learning".
Without Pike County Strong's announcement Sunday night, Collins said, many teachers would have called in sick Monday, closing schools throughout the county. But Bevin vetoed both the budget and the money in it, calling the bills "sloppy" and "non-transparent".
"They booed, they hissed, they came and marched and booed and swore at and hissed at everybody that voted for those bills".
Republicans - with an eye toward the gallery filled with red-clad teachers - said Democrats were hypocritical because they champion education while voting against the revenue bill and budget which funds increases to education. "They think we are going to get exhausted and go home", she said. So, you know for a fact that their were hundreds of thousands of children who were left unattended and some of them in communities where people knew that for a fact and took advantage of it.
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But some teachers said they were not surveyed before the walkout was called off. Well I'm not sure that the new teachers can accept that now. They lost the pensions battle, but lawmakers responded with a budget plan that included record-high classroom spending, and restored school transportation funding and health insurance for teachers who retired after 2010 but don't yet qualify for Medicare.
"That is where I plan to be and I hope you will be there with me", Caulk said.
Lawmakers return Friday for the last two days of the 2018 regular session and Bevin indicated the budget and tax reform may or may not need to call a special session later.
"This has made more questions for us than answers", said Noah Karvelis, a teacher and an Arizona Educators United organizer. There will need to be multiple steps.
"It is incumbent on us to take action and not count on a special session", Hoover said. "These things will be determined". Democratic House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins said in a statement the budget was irresponsible and favored the wealthy and corporations over lower-income Kentuckians. "I was working on it early this morning with folks".
The increase is possible because of a more than $480 million tax increase approved in a separate bill. "When you do tax reform, if you're going to raise taxes on X, Y and Z, have as many offsets for the very same people as you can".
"We can do better than this and, I believe, with input from the job creators, taxpayers and thoughtful legislators in both chambers, we will do exactly that", Bevin wrote in an opinion piece published in the state's largest newspapers this week.