Beshear Says He's Still Shy On Needed Casino Votes

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A proposal to legalize casino gambling by
amending Kentucky's constitution is still shy of the 60 votes it
needs to clear the state House, Gov. Steve Beshear told reporters
Tuesday.

Beshear acknowledged the proposal, which was one of his top
legislative priorities heading into the 2008 General Assembly
session, is facing an "uphill climb" getting onto the ballot and
before Kentucky voters this November. Nevertheless, Beshear said
the measure has support from at least 50 House members and could
get more.

"We all agree that at the moment we're not there," Beshear
said. "But we're still hopeful that we can come up with the votes
necessary."

In mid-February, Beshear proposed amending the state
constitution to allow up to 12 casinos throughout the state,
including seven at race tracks and five freestanding locations.
Beshear said his proposal could generate $500 million in upfront
license fees and $600 million per year once the casinos are fully
operational.

The additional money could help Kentucky's ailing financial
outlook, Beshear said, at a time when the state is facing a
projected revenue shortfall of about $900 million over the next two
years.

Voters would have the chance to either reject or ratify the
proposed amendment before it took effect.


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  • by Sidney Sparks Location: Richmond,KY 40475 on Mar 5, 2008 at 02:10 PM
    I pray that Beshear never gets his votes for the casinos. More gambling is not the answer for KY. I don't doubt that money is tight but when they don't get the gambling bill passed they will still come up with the money for most of their pet projects. I'm telling you most of the budget cuts are bluff just to get what they want.
  • by Vote no on Mar 5, 2008 at 01:04 PM
    I don't want casinos to begin with but if it does make it on the ballot I will certainly vote no because of him not supporting doing away with CATs and portfolios.
  • by Stephanie Location: Prestonsurg on Mar 5, 2008 at 12:10 PM
    For those who are opposed to gambling, do you think the state should re-evaluate Churchill Downs and Keeneland?
  • by Concerned Location: Pikeville on Mar 5, 2008 at 08:59 AM
    In response to Renee from Lexington....Beshear has only been in office for a few months. I think you have the Fletcher adminstration to thank for the state being turned upside down.
  • by Renee Location: Lexington on Mar 5, 2008 at 08:30 AM
    GOOD!!! We don't need casinos in Kentucky!! Beshear has already turned this state upside down enough.
  • by Evelyn Location: Lexington on Mar 5, 2008 at 07:50 AM
    I pray we are kept informed on how he gets the rest of the votes he needs to put this on the ballot. Doesn't he get the message that the majority does not want this? He just needs to go lick his wounds and get on with running the state the way 'we the people' want it.
  • by David Location: Winchester on Mar 5, 2008 at 06:50 AM
    I guess that if he gets it on the ballot, it'll pass because by then he'll have a proposal to let the felons that are still in prison vote. Question: Why do you think it is tha the wants to give felons the right to vote? Answer: Because they will vote for Liberal Democrats like him, and not Conservative Democrats and Republicans because those are the people that are tough on crime and favor making people serve the sentences imposed. You elected him, Kentucky, and now we are already starting to reap the sorrow that you sowed.
  • by Linda Location: Bell County on Mar 5, 2008 at 06:03 AM
    Mr. Beshear if you and all of the other so called leaders would look out for the best interest of the people, and stop looking at ways to make more money to put in your pockets, then Ky could get out of debt. We do not need more businesses that will bring more cheating,lying and steal -ing into our state.

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