The votes 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.
After thousands of teachers traveled to Frankfort on Friday to protest, Gov. Matt Bevin said that somewhere in Kentucky children were sexually assaulted or ingested poison because they were left unattended. They don't get paid whether they go to work or not, they don't have an option and some of them were given literally a matter of hours. Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young's hit "Teach Your Children" bellowed from loud speakers before speeches began.
There were at least 44 school districts that closed because teachers called in sick to attend the rally.
Governor Bevin voiced his frustrations for what he believes is a disregard for what is best for children.
"I want to be in my classroom instructing future citizens, but I'm afraid that spending at the state level is getting worse and worse, and we need those dollars for a 21st century education", she said. "The fact that Governor Bevin and Republican Leadership can't even agree on a tax plan or budget for Kentucky just shows that they aren't the sorts of folks who should be in charge". That the vetoes were desired by them to endure, which would've pressured the Senate to call a special session of the State Legislature to pass a new funding.
Bevin vetoed both bills because he said the new taxes won't generate enough money to cover the new spending.
The measures will raise revenue for the state over the next two years by levying a 6 percent sales tax on a variety of services, including auto and home repairs, to pay for higher school spending.
"You can stand here all day and act like you are all for (education) until it comes time to pay for it". Sorgho Elementary had the most teachers go.
"If you thinking siding with the governor and giving him the authority to control this budget is a good idea, then vote no", Smith said.
Self also released a statement on the budget bill, criticizing the differences between Republicans in the legislature and the Republican governor. They said the tax increase disproportionately harms the poor while benefiting the wealthy. Teachers chanted "We are united, can't be divided" as lawmakers debated whether to override the veto.
When the second to last day was done, House and Senate members had blocked Bevin's vetoes on the budget, a tax bill and legislation to stretch pension payments for municipalities out over time. The demonstrations were inspired by West Virginia teachers, whose nine-day walkout after many years without raises led to a 5 percent pay hike. She said the protest had moved on beyond pensions to the stagnant funding for public education.
An Arizona lawmaker who chairs the powerful House Appropriations Committee is questioning how Republican Gov. Doug Ducey can get the cash to increase teacher pay 20 percent by 2020.
"It makes sure we fully fund the request of the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System for a full pension contribution", McDaniel said.
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin tweeted the it was "not true" that lawmakers had to vote for the new taxes to fund education.
In Oklahoma, teachers ended two weeks of walkouts Thursday, shifting their focus to electing pro-education candidates in November.