FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) – “What do you know? Nothing.”
Governor Matt Bevin took to Facebook this afternoon--showing an empty room where he said lawmakers should've been discussing the budget.
“I put forward a budget back in January. I'm sure they're hard at work though in the chambers. Let's go take a look and see what they're up to,” he says.
Then Governor Bevin walks into the empty House chambers.
“We have less than 19 days left now for this House to be in session--together with the Senate and there's nothing being done. There's not a soul in here except for me. What are people doing? You are paying these people to work.”
And now House Democrats are responding.
“I really thought he thinks he's Kim Kardashian with a reality TV show. He's the governor of the state and he thinks that's funny but does he not get a schedule of the Republican Senate and the Democratic House? We were in committee meetings all day,” says Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, (D) 34th district.
So we checked in Kentucky Legislature website. According to the schedule posted on the website both the House and Senate were not expected to be in session in the chambers until 4 p.m. In the video Governor Bevin says he walked into the chamber around 11 a.m.
“Somebody needs to explain to him I guess since he's not been to the annex since he's been governor that I know of that the work goes on the in annex today,” says Rep. Greg Stumbo, House Speaker.
House Speaker democrat Greg Stumbo says they work in subcommittees in the annex until they go over to the chambers at 4 p.m.
“I think it's kind of childish to tell you the truth. If I were governor I think I'd have better things to do,” Stumbo says.
But Governor Bevin says this is unacceptable.
“I'm asking our House, Speaker Stumbo and everybody who's supposed to be at work in here, get to work, pass the budget, the people of Kentucky deserve better than this.”
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