Bevin apologizes for child sex abuse remarks

Kentucky gov. says

Kentucky governor says remarks about teacher protest, sexual assault were misunderstood

It is not my intent to hurt anyone.but to help us all move forward.

"I hurt a lot of people".

Kentucky lawmakers made a series of last-minute spending and tax policy revisions Saturday before wrapping up the year's tumultuous session, capped by an extraordinary rebuke of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's explosive remarks toward teachers.

Bevin, whose veto of a two-year spending bill with a almost half-billion-dollar tax increase was overridden by fellow Republicans in the legislature, has recently sparred with teachers groups amid educator protests across the country fueled by claims of low pay and underfunded school systems.

But many of their members were on social media seeking to separate themselves from Bevin's comments.

In his apology on Sunday, Bevin apologized several times and said that his remarks had been misunderstood. "Heiner's skilled and selfless leadership of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet over these past two and a half years", said Gov. Matt Bevin.

"Children were harmed - some physically, some sexually, some were introduced to drugs for the first time - because they were vulnerable and left alone", he continued.

"The bottom line is that's one day". I don't know how we can misunderstand his intent.

Those comments sparked backlash and responses from the Kentucky Attorney General, The Senate and House Democratic Caucuses, GOP Senator Damon Thayer, and KEA President Stephanie Winkler.

"There is no rational comment I could make to that."

Stamper, who is now public relations director for Anthem, also commented on the school closings on Friday by posting on her Twitter account that: "Heavy on my heart are the children who've been left at home by themselves because their parents can't afford the extra childcare expense due to school being cancelled".

In Oklahoma, however, teachers reluctantly ended their own nine-day walkout Thursday after state legislators agreed to give them a modest $6,100 pay increase (school professionals will receive $1,250). On April 12, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey promised teachers a 20% pay increase over the next two years, as well as an additional $1 billion in school funding that had previously been cut from the state's budget.

Bevin already had a rocky relationship with teachers whom he's criticized for opposing his recommendations to shore up the state's public pension funds, including the one in which teachers participate.

Teachers had been booing Republicans for months after they passed changes to the teachers' pension system. While they are demonstrating, some teachers say they are trying to keep the negative political back-and-forth out of the classrooms. We need each other. The tax bill includes a 50-cent increase in the cigarette tax, and a 6 percent sales tax on some services such as home and auto fix. He says he is considering a special session, partly because lawmakers did not pass school safety legislation.

The governor may face an uphill battle with lawmakers, even within his party, if the pressure campaign from teachers maintains its momentum.

But considering how often powerful Republicans say idiotic things these days, the fact that this became a national story tells you just how very bad it was.

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