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Lawmakers anticipate session showdown

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

It's been a topic of controversy in Kentucky even before the special session began last week, whether or not to allow video slot machines at Kentucky's horse racetracks.

"We're not asking them to gamble anymore, we're just asking them for the opportunity to do it at home so they can support home," says Keeneland President Nick Nicholson.

Supporters have argued neighboring states have already expanded gambling at their tracks, hurting Kentucky's local economy, and now Ohio Governor Ted Strickland is also supporting these so called "racinos" in his state.

"It's what other states are doing all along, it's hard economic times and we don't want to raise taxes. It's letting Kentuckians do what they're doing now in Indiana, West Virginia, Illinois and soon to be Ohio."

But opponents say they just don't buy it. The Family Foundation stands by its claim that gambling will only be a quick fix for the budget crisis yet have long lasting ethical repercussions.

Though not a supporter of the video slots at Kentucky race track, UK Political Science Professor Ernie Yanarella says there's no doubt Kentucky needs a solution for its budget dilemma, and it needs one fast.


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