Kids were sexually assaulted because teachers were protesting: Kentucky gov.

Teachers have staged numerous demonstrations in Frankfort during this session. They filled the capitol building Monday April 2

"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", the Republican governor told reporters Friday afternoon, according to WDRB. "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".

Teachers rallied in Frankfort to urge legislators to override Bevin's vetoes of the budget and tax reform bills - which they did on Friday. He was proposing cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from funding for those kids every day of the school year, and the harm that would do is hard to even imagine.

The state's protests are part of a political shift that has seen teachers organize grassroots campaigns to flex their political muscle in several states where years of budget cuts that began during the 2008 economic downturn left salaries stagnant and many public schools in disrepair.

Bevin had vetoed both bills, warning the new taxes would not generate enough money to cover the new spending.

The money boost is expected to be funded by way of a 50-cent increase in the cigarette tax and a 6 percent sales tax on services including home and auto fix.

"You can stand here all day and act like you are all for [education] until it comes time to pay for it".

Bevin's comments received bipartisan backlash in the state. Organizers said parents were given plenty of notice about school closings.

Thousands of Kentucky teachers protest at the State Capitol in Frankfurt, Kentucky, on April 13, 2018, after the Governor signed a law to dismantle state employees' pension.

Bevin responded to the outcome on Twitter, writing that he'd been meeting with House and Senate leaders all week to find a "more responsible way to pay for 100 percent of the requested education funding".

"With that reasoning we would never have any vacation or breaks in school, and who knows what would happen in the summer", he said.

Republican Rep. Jeff Hoover told his colleagues not to trust Bevin, reminding them the governor promised to call a special session previous year on pension reform but never did. He vowed to call a special session "to pass a transparent and properly balanced budget" in a separate tweet. "Well, that's a coward", said Kentucky state Rep. Regina Huff (R), a middle school special-education teacher, the Courier-Journal reported.

In Arizona, protests and walkouts triggered Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's promise of a 20 percent raise by 2020.

A number of districts closed schools on Friday, including Jefferson County Public Schools and Fayette County Public Schools. The Legislature also restored school transportation funding and health insurance for teachers who retired after 2010 but don't yet qualify for Medicare.

Teachers from across Kentucky gather inside the state Capitol to rally for increased funding and to protest changes to their state funded pension system. Opponents worry this will discourage young people from becoming teachers.

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