casino gambling http://wkyufm.org en Conway Backs Expanded Gambling To Create Revenue http://wkyufm.org/post/conway-backs-expanded-gambling-create-revenue <p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway says he supports expanded gambling as a way to raise revenue for essential state programs and hasn't given up on getting the long-stymied proposal through the General Assembly.<br /><br />Conway says Kentucky has missed out on the economic benefits of casino-style gambling near its borders.<br /><br />He says he'll promote putting the issue on the ballot as he campaigns across the state.<br /><br />Conway's comments came after he spoke Thursday to local officials from across Kentucky.<br /><br />Republican James Comer, who is expected to enter next year's governor's race, promoted right-to-work legislation in his speech to the same group.<br /><br />Comer said making Kentucky a "right-to-work" state would enhance its competitiveness.<br /><br />Kentucky's last GOP governor, Ernie Fletcher, failed in his push to let Kentucky workers opt out of union representation.<br /> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:42:33 +0000 Associated Press 50867 at http://wkyufm.org Conway Backs Expanded Gambling To Create Revenue Kentucky Anti-Gambling Group: Cost Outweights Benefits http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-anti-gambling-group-cost-outweights-benefits <p>Gambling brings social ills that will offset any tax revenue to Kentucky, argued a new group that rallied Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda.</p><p>About 30 people joined the group Stop Predatory Gambling Kentucky for the rally, where speakers dismissed efforts in the General Assembly to expand gambling through casinos or Instant Racing.</p><p>Karen Hendersen, executive director of Stop Predatory Gambling Kentucky, warned that casinos create a burden to state funds in the form of gambling addiction treatment and family assistance programs.</p><p>"We have great promises that casinos or the lottery or instant racing will end up helping us out but the cost or the personal cost far outweighs any financial benefit," Hendersen said. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 20:38:58 +0000 Kentucky Public Radio 27545 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Anti-Gambling Group: Cost Outweights Benefits Kentucky Governor: Casino Bill Dead for 2013 Session http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-governor-casino-bill-dead-2013-session <p></p><p>Gov. Steve Beshear says he's a fan of Instant Racing for Kentucky's horse racing tracks—but&nbsp;he's not sure if legalizing the gambling format would be used to fund the state's&nbsp;struggling pension system.</p><p>Meanwhile, Beshear&nbsp;said&nbsp;casino gambling&nbsp;is not happening this year.</p><p>House Democratic leaders says they are looking at&nbsp;legalizing the slots-like game statewide&nbsp;to help generate at least $25 million a year to help fully fund pension obligations. Only two tracks, Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs, currently have the game.</p><p>Beshear did not commit fully to the idea, but said he will not allow lawmakers to ask for budget cuts in 2014 to help pay for pensions. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:06:21 +0000 26690 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Governor: Casino Bill Dead for 2013 Session Kentucky Senate President: No Chance for Casino Gambling this Session http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-senate-president-no-chance-casino-gambling-session <p></p><p>Senate leaders are sensing little interest in a bill that could legalize casinos in Kentucky and won't consider the issue in the current legislative session.</p><p>Senate President Robert Stivers, the Republican from Manchester, said Friday lawmakers would have little time to deal with the issue amid an already heavy agenda that includes shoring up the state's pension system for government retirees.</p><p>Despite a long history of wagering on horses, Kentucky has never allowed casinos. And lawmakers have been reluctant to change that in the Bible-belt state, knowing they may face disapproving constituents in future elections.</p><p>Gov. Steve Beshear, a leading proponent of casino gambling, said last week that passing casino legislation this year would be unlikely because the proponents were divided on how to proceed. Sat, 16 Feb 2013 13:56:07 +0000 Associated Press 26589 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Senate President: No Chance for Casino Gambling this Session Beshear: Gambling Supporters Divided on How to Move Forward http://wkyufm.org/post/beshear-gambling-supporters-divided-how-move-forward <p></p><p>Gov. Steve Beshear says disagreement among gambling advocates has made it unlikely that the Legislature can pass a constitutional amendment on casinos this year. Beshear told reporters Tuesday that Kentucky's horse racing industry is divided on how to proceed, which has weakened the chances of passing an amendment.</p><p>Despite a long history of wagering on horses, Kentucky has a constitutional ban on casino-style gambling. And many lawmakers have been reluctant to vote to change that, knowing they may face disapproving constituents in future elections.</p><p>Beshear has argued for years that Kentucky is losing hundreds of millions of dollars a year to neighboring states that already have casinos. He said Kentucky needs to legalize casinos so that money can be kept in the state. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 21:20:54 +0000 Associated Press 25978 at http://wkyufm.org Beshear: Gambling Supporters Divided on How to Move Forward Kentucky Governor Talks Legislative Priorities, Including Tax Reform, Hemp, and Gambling http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-governor-talks-legislative-priorities-including-tax-reform-hemp-and-gambling <p>The 2013 Kentucky General Assembly reconvenes February 5 to take up some major pieces of legislation. Lisa Autry spoke with Governor Steve Beshear about his priorities for the session. The two discussed state pension reform, the prospects of legalizing industrial hemp, Beshear's stance on increasing gambling in the commonwealth, and other topics.</p><p>On the subject of casino gambling legislation, Gov. Beshear told WKU Public Radio he isn't optimistic such a bill will pass in this year's General Assembly. The session is only 30 days, leaving little time for the much-discussed issue.</p><p>Unlike in the past, however, the Governor says <a href="http://www.wkyufm.org/post/expanded-gambling-beshear-open-cleaner-amendment" target="_blank">future casino discussions</a> may not focus just on the horse industry. Past legislation called for placing casinos at the state's racetracks, but Beshear says there isn't enough support that idea in the legislature.</p><p>He says he's willing to look at having free-standing casinos in the Bluegrass State.<a href="http://wkyufm.org/post/opponents-expanded-gaming-kentucky-claim-election-victories" target="_blank"> Opponents of expanded gaming</a> say the state shouldn't depend on gambling to raise revenue, and some question what they consider overly-optimistic projections of how much money more gaming would really bring to the Bluegrass State. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:42:53 +0000 Lisa Autry 25323 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Governor Talks Legislative Priorities, Including Tax Reform, Hemp, and Gambling On Expanded Gambling, Beshear Open to Cleaner Amendment http://wkyufm.org/post/expanded-gambling-beshear-open-cleaner-amendment <p>Gov. Steve Beshear is considering multiple options in the efforts to get the General Assembly to support expanded gambling legislation.</p><p>A constitutional amendment failed earlier this year in the state Senate -- and a major complaint from critics was that the amendment did too much to protect thoroughbred racing tracks over other businesses. The bill banned casinos from being within 60 miles of a race track, unless the casino was at the track.</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 19:39:41 +0000 23280 at http://wkyufm.org On Expanded Gambling, Beshear Open to Cleaner Amendment