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.

Nick Storm

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  • Charlie wrote on April 13, 2018 03:28 PM :

    Jeff Hoover is an actual leader who accomplished a lot in the first week of last year’s special session. Representative Hoover may have made some mistakes to which he admitted but has denied sexual involvement. I take him at his word. Governor Bevin has not shown leadership nor contrition for his mistakes, but prefers to deflect his lack of accomplishment by bringing up the Hoover settlement. The facts would show that Kentucky is sorely missing Speaker Hoover, Governor Bevin’s strategies have failed to produce results and the chaos has arisen from the first floor of the Capitol building.

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