Government & Politics
4:04 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Beshear Pushes Expanded Gaming

Governor Steve Beshear told business leaders today Kentucky needs to develop more revenue to dig out of the economic recession. He says one way to do that is by passing expanded gambling.

Beshear isn't giving up on an effort to get the public to vote on a constitutional amendment that would allow casinos at Kentucky horse tracks. Now that the filing deadline has passed for state legislative elections, Beshear expects the bill to be introduced in the next few days.

"I think people are ready to vote on it. Republicans, Democrats, independents, people that are for it, people that are against it - they are all ready to vote on this issue now. So I'm hopeful that we'll get it on the ballot for November."

Speaking at a Commerce Lexington luncheon, Beshear says the other way Kentucky can boost revenue is by reforming the tax code. He touted the recent creation of a tax commission, which will issue a list of recommendations later this year.