Thinking of working-class Kentuckians first: Bevin vetoes budget and tax bills


Matt Bevin

Hannah Woosley

In a video posted on Monday, April 9, on Gov. Matt Bevin’s Facebook account, he announced multiple reasonings for vetoing House Bill 200 and House Bill 366.

One reason House Bill 200, also known as the budget bill, and House Bill 366, also known as the tax bill, were vetoed was because, as Bevin put it, “they were rushed. Because they weren’t as thoughtful or complete as they could have been.”

House Bill 200 was introduced on Jan. 16, 2018, and House Bill 366 was introduced on Feb. 14, 2018. Both were signed by the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate and sent to Bevin on April 2. He vetoed both on Monday.

Even though Senate Bill 151, the surprise 291-page, pension-added sewage bill introduced to Congress on Feb. 15, 2018, and signed into law Tuesday, April 10, appeared more than rushed, especially compared to these two current bills, the thoughtfulness and consideration taken into deciding the fate of House Bill 200 and House Bill 366 is notable for many reasons.

After signing Senate Bill 151 into law Tuesday, signing House Bill 200 and House Bill 366 could have been a considerable mistake because of the outrage Senate Bill 151 has already caused in Kentucky.

In the video, Bevin also stated the $60 billion owed in unfunded pension liability would be pushed on the backs of the men and women who go to work every day, meaning the working-class. Signing these two bills into law would have broken the backs of the working-class, some who already earn significantly low wages and cannot afford any increases in taxes or additional cuts to their wages.

Before signing a new budget or tax bill into law, Bevin wants the Kentucky House and Senate to “take a breath, reset” and “do it in a way that’s good for Kentucky.”

In another video released on Monday from Bevin, he discussed fiscal responsibility in the state of Kentucky.

“At the end of the day, every elected officials job is to do right by the people of Kentucky,” Bevin said.

We need to think of every Kentuckian, including those who would be affected tremendously by the passage of these new bills.

Bevin should now continue this road; a road that takes its time thoroughly reviewing every piece of legislation that finds its way through Congress before rushing them through the House and Senate and placing a signature on them without adequate time to discuss every possible outcome.

By vetoing these two bills, Bevin is sending a message that he does not want to hinder the working-class of Kentucky. He wants to ensure that these bills are thought out to the full extent, are not rushed and do not harm any people in the process.