Governor Bevin Announces Veto of Tax and Budget Bills

On Monday, April 9, 2018, Governor Matt Bevin announced that he vetoed both the budget and tax bills. Governor Bevin said both failed to significantly reduce debt while also increasing overall spending. House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins and Senate Democratic Leader Ray Jones issued a joint statement regarding the veto. The statement said the vetoes confirm the House and Senate Democrats’ concerns that the budget and revenue plan are wrong for Kentucky and irresponsible, shifting the tax burden to 95 percent of working families while lowering taxes for corporations and the richest five percent. In the statement, they also urged the governor to veto Senate Bill 151, the sewage/pension bill, saying “when decisions are made behind closed doors and legislation is not transparently vetted, these are the unintended consequences that result.” In Governor Bevin’s announcement, concluded that we can do better, and we should all share in fixing the problems we face.

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