Although the Kentucky legislature rejected the legalization of casinos earlier
this year, Governor Steve Beshear said last week it remains a possibility.
Beshear is hosting a series of 13 town hall meetings around the commonwealth
over the next 5 weeks.
"I don't think that issue is dead," Beshear said. "I think we will be talking
about it a lot more." He added that no decision has been made on when he will
bring the issue back to the General Assembly.
"We're going to listen to people as we go around the state," he said.
"Certainly, if we find out there's no support for it, there won't be any reason
to bring it up. I don't think that's what we'll find. I think a whole lot of
people want a chance to vote on it if nothing else."
The state is facing a $900 million budget shortfall over the next two years.
Last year Beshear proposed a constitutional amendment to legalize
12 casinos in the state. He estimated that would generate $600 million a year in
additional state revenue.
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