Pension Bill Prompts Rapid Court Challenge By Attorney General

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin

It is unclear how lawmakers will respond when they reconvene Friday with two days remaining in this legislative session.

In a Facebook post Monday evening, the association asked its members to "not to engage in any collective actions tomorrow that would cause schools to close". ". It was a lot of give and take to get where we are, so I guess we have to negotiate some more".

FRANKFORT - In a Monday press conference Gov. Matt Bevin announced he would veto the entire budget bill and tax reform legislation passed by the General Assembly, which is under a GOP super majority in both chambers.

Senate President Robert Stivers and acting House Speaker David Osborne disputed Bevin's assertion of a shortfall.

House Bill 366 has come under criticism from Democrats and analysts who say that it favors the wealthy and corporations, reported CNN affiliate WKYT.

"The Governor should sign both bills and begin doing now what he should have been doing all along: engaging the legislature and the people of Kentucky in constructive, forward-looking, bipartisan discussions aimed at finding new solutions to the revenue challenges facing the Commonwealth", KEA communications director Chas Main said in a statement. Organized by the Coalition of Senate and Faculty Leadership, the events were created to be similar to teachers' rallies in Frankfort, but without disrupting classes.

Adams said he was shocked lawmakers did not include charter funding in the revenue bill but was still hopeful there could be a fix before the legislative session ends on Saturday.


The veto plan drew varied reactions. "It was passed without public comment, without any analysis about whether it would even work, and without a chance for most legislators to even read it".

"They could, if they wanted to override it".

Bevin's veto message says the spending plan is not balanced because it would spend roughly $50 million more than the state is projected to collect in revenue from the new taxes. "We believe Governor Bevin would be best served to meet with legislators to understand their thoughts and rationale before making a final decision on vetoing the revenue and/or budget bills".

"If we were to have a 1937 type flood again, we don't have the capacity to pay for it", Bevin said.

They also called on Bevin to veto the pension bill. And he said it leaves the state's two-year operating budget out of balance. Bevin's recommended budget did not support "the most basic things in public education", Robbins said. Raising the cigarette tax an additional $1, to $1.60 per pack, would keep Kentucky's tax competitive with border states, and would lead to almost 55,000 fewer smokers and savings of $1.07 billion in long-term health care costs for the state.

"Neither bill is flawless, but together they add hundreds of millions of dollars to public education, allowing pensions to be fully funded, education cuts to be restored, and health insurance to be funded".

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