Casino Operator Says Proposed Tax Rate Too High

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky casinos couldn't compete with existing operations in Indiana under Gov. Steve Beshear's gambling proposal, a casino and hotel operator from northern Kentucky said.

Columbia Sussex Corp. head William Yung III said Friday the new Democratic governor's proposal would not work. Kentucky casinos could not compete with those in Indiana under Beshear's proposed tax rate, Yung said.

"That's totally too high," Yung told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "That won't work."

Several lawmakers at the Capitol also voiced concerns about Beshear's proposal and predicted it will need a major overhaul to have any chance of survival in the General Assembly.

Beshear, a newly elected Democrat, proposed a casino plan this week that would allow up to 12 casinos across the state. Seven would be at horse tracks and five erected in communities lining Kentucky's borders.

The plan calls for a proposed constitutional amendment, which Kentucky voters could later ratify or reject, and a separate bill that would govern casino operations in the state.

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  • by Virgil Location: Richmond/Irvine on Feb 16, 2008 at 06:42 PM
  • by Joey on Feb 16, 2008 at 05:08 PM
    Waaaaaaaaaaaah.. You crook, just shut up and take your medicine.
  • by Casino Mania? Location: Kentcuky on Feb 16, 2008 at 04:44 PM
    Beshear is an id--t. I knew this the first time I heard him speak. His UK degree nor his corrupt law firm impressed me. I am quite embarrassed to hear him speak and represent Kentucky. Shame on the people who voted for him. Now, we easily see his plan is typical for a Dumbocrat, This state's future is in serious trouble with Beshear at the wheel. Put on your safety belts, hide your savings, Beshear is just getting warmed up. Vote McCain November 2008!
  • by Mike Location: Lexington on Feb 16, 2008 at 01:33 PM
    The tax rate is too high for the hotel casino operator from N KY. That means if you are gonna operate in KY you are going to pay more, others will. Don't you just love competition!


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