Governor Beshear pushes gambling in speech to lawmakers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has used his state of
the commonwealth speech to again call on lawmakers to pass a
proposed constitutional amendment that can be put on the ballots so
Kentucky voters can decide whether to legalize casino-style
gambling.

The second-term Democrat told a joint session of the House and
Senate on Wednesday that Kentucky is losing hundreds of millions of
dollars in tax revenue to the neighboring states of Illinois,
Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia that allow gambling.

Beshear said it's money that could be used to pay for education,
public protection and transportation projects if Kentuckians didn't
have to travel out of state to gamble.

The governor said state leaders might as well be dumping that
money into the Ohio River.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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