Bevin threatens special session on tax reform and budget if lawmakers override his vetoes

04/13/2018 02:48 PM

FRANKFORT — As the House of Representatives took to the floor to debate a controversial tax overhaul that generates revenue in an effort to fund education and pension payments, Gov. Bevin threatened to call them back to Frankfort in a special session if the bills were not fiscally responsible.

Minutes before the House voted to override the veto on the bill with a 57 – 40 vote, Bevin tweeted that he would call a special session if the means to pay for the budget is not “arbitrary & complicated.”

“Let me be clear…Despite what some legislators are incorrectly saying on my behalf, I am stating publicly that not only will I call a special session to pass a transparent and properly balanced budget, but that we will also pay for it in ways that are not arbitrary & complicated,” he wrote.

One Republican lawmaker, Rep. Steven Rudy, R-Paducah, said he was still waiting specifics from the administration on what the Governor would like in comprehensive tax reform. Rudy said that the override shows that the General Assembly is a co-equal body with the Executive branch.

Former House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, who spoke on the floor of the House saying that Bevin had promised to call a special session last year, but never did.

Bevin responded in a tweet calling out the Republican Representative.

“The only reason we did not have a special session last year is because Jeff Hoover, a married man, was sexually involved with a very young, single member of his staff and was paying hush money to hide his actions…The result was chaos in the KY House that stopped everything,” Bevin wrote.

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