Time Ticking Away for Budget, Casino Bill.

A discussion of dollars and cents is underway among lawmakers with different ideas on how to spend it. On one side..those who say there needs to be more revenue....through taxes...notably a tobacco tax.

"I consider the tobacco tax a user tax. If you don't smoke, you don't pay," says House Speaker Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green.

But Senators say the state is spending too much and there need to be cutbacks. The purpose of the conference committee is to find a compromise..with only half a dozen or so days to do it.

And then there's casino gambling. Man say the issue is dead...but lawmakers are refusing to write its obituary.

"The fat lady hasn't sung yet but she's pushed away from the table and she's warming up," says John Mark Hack of "Say No to Casinos."

Governor Beshear made casinos a top priority. A meeting between him and legislators leaders Thursday could decide its ultimate fate. He says casinos could pump millions into Kentucky's budget for schools and health care.


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  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Mar 27, 2008 at 01:29 PM
    @skyhawk Location: Lexington In your 50yrs when have you EVER been allowed to vote on ANYTHING that partains to private citizens? All Ky allows votes on is gov and a few select offices that they dont hand pick who gets the job. If they allowed people to vote Ky would have become tottally wet and decriminalized marijuana over a decade ago. What type of place do we live in where prohibition has ended and almsot 100years later most of Ky still lives under a false bible. If they let people vote youd be very suprised how things would change from the city officals and the like lining their own pockets with citizens blood.
  • by Sherry Location: Morehead on Mar 27, 2008 at 08:25 AM
    Casinos are obviously not wanted in Kentucky. The leaders in Frankfort can't seem to take the hint. Maybe they know they won't be re-elected if the casino amendment doesn't pass. They need to move forward with the business at hand and drop this ridiculous plan that they just know will bail Kentucky out of debt.
  • by skyhawk Location: Lexington on Mar 27, 2008 at 06:54 AM
    Renee, I am almost 50 and have voted in every election since I turned 18. Please tell me what year we voted on casino's because I must have slept through that one. Why are you so afraid of letting the people vote? Put it to a vote and put this to bed once and for all. If the majority vote no, so be it, but let our voices be heard.
  • by diane Location: Mt.Sterling on Mar 27, 2008 at 06:23 AM
    This is insanity! The governor still wants to press for casinos even though it is a failed revenue system. We have the lottery and horse racing. They both have had to go through restructuring because they were loosing money. We will not see casinos help anyone financially but themselves. So move on Governor and stop wasting our time and taxpayer money trying to sell a failed regressive tax system called casinos.
  • by Renee Location: Martin on Mar 26, 2008 at 05:12 PM
    The people of Kentucky have already voted on the gambling and casino's issue in the past. Kentucky is against Casino's. No need to vote again, and again. If you are against casinos in Kentucky, call the toll free message line today - 1-800-372-7181 - and leave a message for your state senator and state representative. (The receptionist will help you find out who they are if you don't know.) Vote against any expansion of gambling and against opening the door to casinos through a constitutional amendment. Then ask the receptionist to "copy" your message to Senate leaders David Williams & Dan Kelly and House Leaders Jody Richards, Rocky Adkins, Rob Adkins, Rob Wilkey & Charlie Hoffman. Don't be misled by people saying let the people vote, we have already voted and we said no to casinos.
  • by haleycat Location: northern ky on Mar 26, 2008 at 03:42 PM
    Put it on the ballots and let the people decide if they want the casinos in our state.
  • by No casinos ! on Mar 26, 2008 at 02:42 PM
    Hey Stevie you aint going to get it big boy if you do we will clean out Frankfort do you understand .

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