December 15, 2022 Blog, In The News, Media, Press Release

Supreme Court Slaps Down Daniel Cameron, KYGOP Attack on Education

Unanimous high court ruling highlights Cameron’s incompetence

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2022) – In a blistering ruling in which the high court makes it clear Daniel Cameron and Kentucky Republicans don’t understand the Constitution, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday against the Republican attack on our public schools.

“The Supreme Court unanimously slapped down Daniel Cameron, the Kentucky GOP, their partisan power grab and their attack on our public schools,” said Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Colmon Elridge. “The ruling also made it clear Daniel Cameron doesn’t understand the Constitution and can’t present a competent, coherent legal case. Daniel Cameron is supposedly the state’s top lawyer, but this ruling is an embarrassment for him and the Matt Bevin leftovers that fight for him in court because he’s incapable. At a time of record surplus in Kentucky, Governor Beshear has rightly sought to invest more needed resources in our public schools, for our students and our educators. Those investments have wide support and should be above partisan politics. If Republican legislators want to change how schools are funded in Kentucky, they should let the people decide, but we would understand their hesitation after Kentuckians slapped down their extremism and out-of-touch policies in November.”

Some highlights from the clear win for public education and resounding and embarrassing defeat for Daniel Cameron and the KYGOP:

“We respectfully decline to construe the Constitution in a way that would avoid its plain meaning.”

“Taxpayers who owe Kentucky income tax owe real dollars to the state and when they are not required to pay those real dollars in the first instance or have them refunded because an EOA tax credit reduces or eliminates their tax bill, the public treasury is diminished and the Commonwealth and other taxpayers must subsidize that taxpayer’s personal choice to send money to an AGO for use at nonpublic schools.”

“Intervening Defendants rely on cases from other jurisdictions as support for their view that the EOA Act is constitutional. In fact, the programs in those states are substantially different from the EOA program. More to the point, those other jurisdictions do not have constitutional provisions regarding education that are comparable to Section 184 of the Kentucky Constitution and that alone renders their cited cases unpersuasive.”