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Republican-Controlled KY Legislature Overrides Gov Veto, Supports KY Public Ed

April 13, 2018

Friday the 13th can be a happy day.

Case in point: It’s so nice to read that a Republican-controlled legislature overrode its Republican governor, who chose to veto a tax hike that supports public education.

From the April 13, 2018, PBS News Hour:

FRANKFORT, Ky. — With the chants of hundreds of teachers ringing in their ears, Kentucky lawmakers have completed an override of Gov. Matt Bevin’s veto of a more than $480 million tax hike that helps pay for increases in public education spending.

The Senate voted 20-18 Friday to override the GOP governor’s veto of House Bill 366. The final vote followed a 57-40 House vote in favor of the override. Both chambers are controlled by Republicans.

The bill raises revenue for the state over the next two years. It includes a 6 percent sales tax on a variety of services, including auto and home repairs, to pay for higher classroom spending.

Bevin vetoed the increase because he said it would not generate enough money to cover new state spending. Republican legislative leaders disagreed. Thousands of teachers rallied Friday at the Kentucky Capitol, urging lawmakers to override Bevin’s vetoes. …

The veto put Republican lawmakers in a tough position, asking them to vote a second time on a tax increase in an election year. But 57 Republicans eagerly voted to override….

And here the amazing reality: Kentucky is the fourth state experiencing organized teacher unrest inside of two months, beginning on February 22, 2018, with the 9-day teachers strike in West Virginia, which resulted in a 5-percent raise, and including a 9-day strike in Oklahoma (ending in mixed reviews, including a $6,100 raise contingent on raising taxes that an anti-tax group hopes to blockand an averted strike in Arizona, with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey promising teachers a 20 percent raise on April 12, 2018, in the wake of obvious teacher organizing.

Public school teachers aren’t greedy people. We aren’t career ladder-climbers gauging “arrival” by our numerous vacation homes and yacht club memberships. But we would like salaries that do not necessitate side employment; safe, clean, and sufficiently-spacious facilities for ourselves and our students, and teaching materials of adequate number and appreciable quality.

In short, we want our state legislatures– red or not– to support us with suitable revenue dedicated to public education.

Attempting to deliver on that might even require Republican legislatures to override vetoes of Republican governors.

Well done, Kentucky!

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Schneider is a southern Louisiana native, career teacher, trained researcher, and author of two other books: A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education and Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?. You should buy these books. They’re great. No, really.

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