In a move obviously designed to flex their power over Governor Beshear, the Repub-led General Assembly passed a joint resolution that ended his COVID-19 emergency declaration a month early, even though they were warned it would cost the state money.
Today, after noting that Senate Joint Resolution 150 would, in fact, cost the state $50 million in SNAP (food stamp) benefits, Beshear vetoed the bill.
The SNAP benefits from the federal government are contingent on an emergency declaration being in place. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services confirmed that moving the end date up would cause the COVID-related benefits to end.
Over half a million Kentuckians will be affected by the loss in benefits.
The Republican majorities in both chambers can certainly override the governor’s veto, and cause the benefits to end early. Beshear has asked them not to do that, but it remains to be seen whether they will listen to him.