Governor Beshear says dire budget shows need for gambling

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear says allowing
Kentuckians to take part in casino-style gambling could generate
needed money for the state budget.

The second-term Democrat said Tuesday that the state's budget
woes show a need to legalize more kinds of gambling, allowing
residents to wager on more than horse races.

Beshear cited a study by gambling proponents that suggested
expanding gambling at horse tracks alone would generate one-time
license fees of $266 million and $377 million annually for the
General Fund. He said that's money that could be used to repair
rundown schools, building roads, shore up the public retirement
system and better fund education programs.

He urged lawmakers to approve a constitutional amendment that
would be put on the ballot for voters to ratify or reject.

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

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