Gov. Bevin releases video telling lawmakers to 'get to work' and pass the budget
There are 19 days to go in this year's legislative session and Gov. Matt Bevin wants the Kentucky House to know he is not impressed with their progress.
On Monday, the Republican governor released a video on social media that called out House lawmakers for not taking action on his proposed budget. Bevin released his budget plan during his State of the Commonwealth Address on Jan. 26. The two-year budget plan included budget cuts for state agencies, including money going to state universities. The budget has received rounds of criticism and some institutions have said the cuts would be devastating.
Bevin has defended the cuts as necessary to help fix the state's multi-billion dollar pension shortfalls for state workers, public school teachers, police and firefighters.
The video released Monday starts out in the hallway with Bevin talking about the budget session.
"This is the budget session," Bevin says before heading upstairs to the chamber. "Still no budget, still nothing from the House. Still nothing from Greg Stumbo or anybody on the Democratic side. I put forward a budget back in January."
Imagine my surprise when I went to see how the budget debate was going...and found this...#Get2Work #PassTheBudgetPosted by Governor Matt Bevin on Monday, March 7, 2016
"I'm sure they're hard at work though in the chamber, lets go see what they're up to," he says. " Okay, we should probably be quiet because we don't want to interrupt. What do you know...nothing!"
Bevin ended his social media posts with #Get2Work and #PassTheBudget.
The governor says he refuses to pass a budget that continues to borrow money that will saddle our children and grandchildren.
Democrats did not appear to be pleased with the video. The Kentucky Democratic Party fired back on Twitter, saying Bevin is rarely at work.
The Twitter account said House Leaders were "at work on budget, have been on nights, weekends," despite no answers to questions that have been posed to Bevin.
The Kentucky Democratic Party also issued a statement saying Bevin's video is misleading.
"Either Gov. Matt Bevin doesn't know how the process works, or he was trying to distort the truth and mislead people with his video today on social media," said Rep. Sannie Overly, chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party. "While Gov. Bevin was trying to be the star of his own phony reality show at the wrong place, House lawmakers were heading to work in the Capitol Annex, where committee meetings happen every day during session."