Tax on lottery sales considered for pension fix

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Lawmakers are looking to the lottery for a source of revenue to shore up Kentucky's financially troubled pension system for government retirees.

State Rep. Brent Yonts, chairman of the House committee that oversees pensions, said the latest proposal would institute a 6 percent sales tax on lottery sales and implement new games, which could include Keno.

Yonts said the new tax could generate $49 million a year, and adding more games could generate more than $70 million. He said that would be enough to make the state's required pension contribution.

Several different pension proposals have been floated in recent weeks, including raising the state's cigarette tax to $1 a pack and expanding slot-like machines to all Kentucky horse racing tracks. Neither of those appeared to have enough support to pass.

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