Bevin's veto message says the spending plan is not balanced because it would spend roughly $50 million more than the state is projected to collect in revenue from the new taxes.
But some felt the issue would come down to whether the House and Senate want to override the governor's vetoes, with Rep. Jim Gooch, a Providence Republican, saying the House will have the votes for an override.
Bevin's Monday morning veto announcement flipped the script in Frankfort, leaving Republican leaders to defend the current two-year spending plan and accompanying revenue bill without any help from the top.
Democrats were swift to pounce on the intra-party feud, tweeting support for scrapping bills they say were crafted in secret and rushed through without proper input from the minority party and stakeholders.More news: WeHo Comedy Store Founder Mitzi Shore Dies At 87
Republican leaders of the House and Senate issued a statement against the governor's announcement.
The Jefferson County Teachers Association took to Facebook on Tuesday and urged its members to call their legislators, asking them to override the governor's vetoes on the budget and tax reform legislation.
Teachers from across the state who rallied in Frankfort last week said they plan to rally there again as lawmakers consider overriding Gov. Matt Bevin's veto of tax and budget measures that would've restored numerous funding cuts Bevin recommended. Bevin vetoed House Bill 362 on April 5.
"Not everything in there is bad", Bevin told reporters during a Capitol press conference in which he announced the vetoes. "KEA leadership is a fraud".
"We believe Gov. Bevin is misguided in his interpretation of the budget and the revenue bills, as we are comfortable with (legislative) staff revenue projections", they said in a joint statement. "They didn't have the time and ability, but now that it's out they're looking at it, and boy, we're hearing from them", the governor answered. "The lack of a state budget gives the Governor free reign to only spend what he deems are essential government services".More news: Seven Myanmar soldiers sentenced to 10 years in jail over Rohingya massacre
"We agree with Gov. Bevin for vetoing these bills, but for different reasons".
The budget "is the first budget that totally funds the pension" contribution, Gooch said.
The proposed action caused by Bevin's veto seems to override earlier requests for teachers to not miss more class time for protest. It is the difference between school system budgets in the red or being in the black, Winkler said.
"I respect the teachers who go into the classroom and teach the students, and I'm grateful to them because eight of those students happen to be my kids". Bevin said the plan should be more comprehensive, thoughtful and nuanced, but he didn't lay out the exact measures he would like to see enacted. Yet the vote count could prove problematic for the tax bill.More news: Ronaldo's late spot kick lift Madrid to Champions League semi-final