Expanded Gambling Major Issue For Gubernatorial Candidates

By: Jon Sonnheim Email
By: Jon Sonnheim Email

It's an issue that some are saying could keep half a billion dollars in Kentucky.

It's expanded gambling and it's a topic that's recently been brought to the forefront by several candidates for governor.

There's an old saying in gambling, "The house always wins," but when it comes to legalizing expanded gambling at racetracks and opening new casinos across the state It's an issue, that certainly leaves Kentuckians, divided.

"Reasonable people may disagree on whether we should have expanded gaming or not, but just about everybody agrees we should let the people vote on it," State Senator & Lieutenant Governor candidate, Daniel Mongiardo said.

Mongiardo says that without introducing new taxes, expanded gaming would be the only other source of new revenue for the state...
Revenue that could be used for education...health care...and highways...

"There's approximately 1.3 billion dollars spent by Kentuckians in casinos around Kentucky, so we're losing all that money," Mongiardo said.

"It would be good to keep our money here, but it would be a bad thing for people just gambling," Dorothy Darlene Ballard said.

But for some of those opposed, like Pastor Ricky Ray of Hazard, the issue is not political but religious.

"I don't think I'm afraid of who will come in, I'm afraid of what will happen to the people that are here," Dr. Ray said.

The same people who may have the chance in the near future to decide for themselves.

To allow the public to vote on expanded gaming, it would take a 60 percent vote in the house and senate in order to pass a constitutional amendment.

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