FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear says now's the time for
Kentucky to act on approving expanded gambling, a day after Ohio
voters approved casinos in four cities.
Beshear says Ohio residents are going to be reaping the benefits
of thousands of new jobs and millions in new tax dollars. Beshear
says the state "can't afford to wait any longer" on the issue,
claiming it could lead to immediate economic benefits in Kentucky.
Kentucky already allows gambling on a state lotto, bingo and
horse racing. But Beshear has been a staunch advocate of legalizing
additional forms of gambling, such as video gambling machines at
horse racing tracks.
A gambling measure cleared the Kentucky House earlier this year,
before stalling in the state Senate.
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