Kentucky's House of Representatives has overridden Gov. Matt Bevin's veto of a two-year state spending plan that increases education funding with the help of a $480 million tax increase. "I don't agree with these comments & I find them repulsive". They said the tax increase disproportionately harms the poor while benefiting the wealthy. "Is that what he thinks happens to Kentucky kids at night or on weekends?" "We have to have this revenue to fund our schools". The governor's vileness just brings it to a grotesque level.
The Kentucky Education Association (KEA), the teachers' union which had previously organized a one-day march earlier this month, estimated that several thousand teachers were at the capital Frankfort on Friday.
"Here's what's insane to me", Bevin told a reporter from WDRB.
"With his reasoning, it wouldn't be popular to have summer break, which lasts for weeks".
"Sexual assault is not something to joke about", he told BuzzFeed News on Saturday. This rhetoric has crossed a line.
Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the National Education Association, said Bevin's remarks were insulting to teachers.
Bevin said he is "offended" by the striking teachers who "cavalierly" and "flippantly disregarded what's best for children". He called the bill "sloppy" and "non-transparent".
Kentucky teachers at the state Capitol on Friday, April 13, 2018.
Teachers from across Kentucky gather inside the state Capitol to rally for increased funding for education on Friday.
The vote came as thousands of teachers rallied inside and outside the Capitol, forcing more than 30 school districts to close as Kentucky continued the chorus of teacher protests across the country.
Matt Bevin railed against teachers protesting outside the state Capitol this week, asserting with certainty that their demonstration resulted in children being sexually assaulted, poisoned and injured.
"They don't have an option, and some of them were given literally a matter of hours, so you know for a fact that there 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 them, and as surely as we're having this conversation, children were harmed, some physically, some sexually, some were introduced to drugs for the first time because they were vulnerable and left alone".
"It's entirely inappropriate and perverse that the man sitting in the governorship would criticize Kentuckians who stood up today for teachers, public employees and our public education by insinuating that their presence in Frankfort today caused a child to be sexually assaulted", Kentucky Democratic Party Executive Director Mary Nishimuta said.
Bevin's office did not respond to a BuzzFeed News request asking if he has any evidence for his statements.
Bevin made his comments after a large teacher rally in Frankfort on Friday.