"I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them", he said.
Bevin made the comments when approached by reporters outside the state Capitol just before 7:30 p.m. Friday.
"You know how many children live in urban communities and rural communities where there's a single parent who literally if they could afford to skip work and not lose their job, they couldn't afford to because they need the money". Bevin asked incredulously. "Is this what's encouraged in classrooms?"
"I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them", Bevin continued.
New teachers will also enter into a cash-balance plan, which is "less generous than traditional pensions but more reliable than 401 (k)-style plans", according to Daniel Desroches of the Lexington Herald-Leader. The Kentucky Education Association recently joined a lawsuit filed by Kentucky's Democratic attorney general, Andy Beshear, challenging the pension reform bill.
Over 30 school districts closed on Friday because of the teachers' protests.
In a speech from the Senate floor, Hazard Republican Sen.
The override vote on the budget, House Bill 200, wasn't close.
Lawmakers overturned vetoes on a revenue and tax measure that raises $487 million in new revenues to fund a budget that increases funding for public schools and restores funding for school bus transportation.
Condemnation of Bevin's remarks was bipartisan.
"We have time to do this correctly".
"We are going to clean house. Crickets", Bevin wrote from his official account.
"What this bill does is what Republicans have talked about for many years on tax reform", he said.
"It is incumbent on us to take action and not count on a special session", Hoover said. He will be fined $1,000. On Friday, the state house and senate reversed the veto.
The striking Kentucky teachers won a major battle on Friday, when legislators cemented a $480 million tax bill that includes a boost for public school funding.
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The veto put Republican lawmakers in a tough position, asking them to vote a second time on a tax increase in an election year. 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. But Bevin vetoed both the budget and the money in it, calling the bills "sloppy" and "non-transparent". The vote was 66 to 28 in the House with only four Democrats joining 62 Republicans and 26-12 in the Senate.
Lawmakers are also considering whether to override Bevin's veto of the state budget bill ahead of a deadline Saturday night.
As that reality started to sink in at the Capitol, the governor expressed his frustration with the teachers who called in sick to rally to reporters.
Sammi Hatfield teaches third grade in Montgomery County. They are instead focused on education funding and a battle over their pensions.
"They thought it was personal then, but it's really personal now", Hatfield said. "I don't agree with these comments & I find them repulsive". "But what they're doing now impacts my students and their students". On April 2, thousands protested at the state Capitol in Frankfort.