Beshear: Gambling Alternatives Won't Be Heard In Session

by Rick Howlett on June 5, 2009

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is refusing to allow alternatives to expanded gambling be heard in the upcoming special legislative session on the budget.

Senate President David Williams says there are ways to help the horse industry without putting video slots at the horse tracks, and has offered an alternate proposal. But Governor Beshear is refusing to let the alternative be heard.

“Unlike my proposal, President Williams’ proposal would not create alternate sources of revenue,” Beshear said.

Williams hopes the governor will change his mind and let alternative proposals be vetted, but he doesn’t believe expanded gambling will reach the Senate anyway.

“If the House is prohibited from having the entire story, I don’t think there is any way in the world that this bill will pass the House of Representatives,” Williams said.

Governor Beshear has again amended the special session call to include economic incentives and a funding mechanism for major projects such as the Ohio River bridges between Louisville and Indiana.

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A disappointed yellow dog June 5, 2009 at 5:43 pm

I don’t think I care much one way or another about this clash of competing financial, not political, interests but I’m annoyed that having fought hard to get a Democrat in the governors seat the only things he seems to care about is repaying his benefactors by getting slots in here by hook, crook, or any other way? Where is the passion to get Kentucky out of 49th place? Where are the protections for women, minorities, the poor, and children?

I guess you gotta give it to an honest politician… The kind that stays bought.

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