Beshear Pronounces Casino Bill Dead

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear says a proposal to
legalize casinos in Kentucky will not pass in the current
legislative session.
Beshear said the measure simply doesn't have enough support
among lawmakers. He pronounced the measure dead in an impromptu
press conference outside his Capitol office on Thursday evening.
The governor had pushed for a constitutional amendment to
legalize casinos. He said allowing casinos to open could have
generated up to $600 million a year in much needed state revenue.
Lawmakers would have had to agree to change the state's
constitution to allow casinos. Voters then would have had a chance
to ratify or reject the proposal in a ballot referendum.
The casino legislation is House Bill 550.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by I Location: EAST KY on Mar 29, 2008 at 10:21 PM
    What does the mob do now in Frankortie? Is anything else going to be pronounced the same way. A sh... load of money was pumped into our mangy capital. Who pays back who with what or how! (Please list this comment) Will politicians disappear like the bill did now?
  • by steve on Mar 29, 2008 at 07:48 PM
    Do not believe this lying lib he thinks the Ky people are stupid them days are over Stevie boy we will hold your feet to the fire now my man.
  • by Chris Location: Lexngton on Mar 29, 2008 at 11:12 AM
    It seems most all commenters here are anti casino. Me to. However, pleae re- post your name and list who you voted for in Nov 07 for KY GOV. I'll bet at least 70% of you voted for Beshear. Had Kentuckians seen how great Fletcher did for KY, you would not be making comments in re to the worst GOV KY may ever see. Kentuckians that voted for Beshear almost deserve what's ahead for them. KY had a choice to re-elect a honorable, effective leader, and they chose Beshear. Shame on the voters of KY, you who will set the state back 10 years, you empowered Beshear to lead. Just vote MCCain to redeem your mistake in NOV 08. God Bless us All!
  • by David Location: Winchester on Mar 28, 2008 at 08:31 AM
    Taxes need to be lowered for small businesses so that they have the capacity to expand, thus creating jobs. Tax incentives to large corporations need to be put forth to attract them to the state, thus creating jobs. People need to take whatever job they can get, everywhere I go, I see signs announcing opennings at fast food places and convenience stores. These are not generally career opportunities, but they are JOBS, and people need to have the pride in themselves to set the example for their children that hard work and dedication leads to a better life, just because one works flipping burgers or jockeying a cash register doesn't mean that they are doomed to that for life, it can be a good place to start, though because it builds a history of work and work ethic that prospective employers want to see from people. As for this budget shortfall, spending and taxes need to be cut. When I don't have money to do what I want I don't punish my kids for it, which is what the Gov. is doing.
  • by Diane Location: Mt. Sterling on Mar 28, 2008 at 07:38 AM
    Really? I find that hard to believe. He's just regrouping.
  • by Sue on Mar 28, 2008 at 07:25 AM
    Let's keep up the protests and sending messages to our representatives about this. Beshear will back next session armed better than ever to "persuade" the lawmakers to see it his way. There are better ways to make money.
  • by Larry Location: Richmond on Mar 27, 2008 at 05:28 PM
    I am so happy that the casino bill is finally dead. I hope it stay that way. We do not need no Casino!! We need the jobs here in Ky and of course the other state too.
  • by mary on Mar 27, 2008 at 05:15 PM
    There will be NO new jobs...and the welfare system is going broke...Does that make sence??
  • by Chase Location: Walton on Mar 27, 2008 at 03:35 PM
    Casinos are not the answer to solve Kentucky's problems. Smaller government and lower taxes will move Kentucky forward.
  • by Joey Location: Lex on Mar 27, 2008 at 03:23 PM
    It's about effin time!
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