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Fri February 12, 2010
Beshear's New Pitch for Gambling
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – A new pitch from Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear for a budget based on revenue from casino gambling landed with a thud in the state House Thursday. Budget chairman Rick Rand says House members aren't signaling any desire to act on the governor's latest request, which came in the form of a two-page letter to each member.
"I'd say if he wants gaming, he needs to get over here and start counting votes. You know, they're just not there. They're not there, and we can't spin our wheels any longer. We have to balance this budget," he says. "We have to leave here with a balanced budget. And if he thinks the gaming votes are there, then I would encourage him to come over here and start counting and let us know where they are."
Meanwhile, Rand and other House leaders continue meeting behind-the-scenes with Senate leaders to craft a new state spending plan. The House hopes to have a budget to the Senate by the first week of March.