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Kentucky governor to veto new taxes, 2-year operating budget

Comparing lawmakers from his own party to children coveting sugary cereal, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin on Monday vetoed a $480 million tax increase the legislature used to fuel record increases in public education spending.

Bevin's veto came a week after thousands of teachers across the state held a protest at the Capitol, clogging the halls just outside his office to chant "shut it down" and "vote them out." Two weeks ago, nearly two dozen school districts were forced to close as teachers collectively called in sick to protest a separate bill that would make changes to their retirement system by closing the traditional pension plan for new hires in favor of a...