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POV | Don't Give Up On Expanded Gambling (10/22/13)

By Bill Lamb
WDRB President and General Manager

In his first campaign for governor in 2007, Steve Beshear's pledge to bring expanded casino gambling to Kentucky led to a solid win over incumbent Ernie Fletcher in the general election.

Clearly, it was a popular idea. But unfortunately, during his first term the governor's efforts on behalf of expanded gaming were blocked at every turn by Senate President David Williams, whose obstructionist tactics prevented the issue from ever being brought before the voters to decide.

Beshear ultimately eliminated the Williams problem by appointing him to a Circuit Court judgeship. But expanded gaming efforts again failed to get off the ground in 2013 when several of the state's racetracks refused to support a plan that wouldn't grant them the exclusive right to own and operate casinos.

Meanwhile, millions of dollars continue to pass across our borders every day to casinos in Indiana, Ohio and other neighboring states that are more than happy to let Kentuckians finance the new roads, schools and other amenities that we can't afford here at home.

I'm not hearing much about renewed efforts to approve expanded gambling in next year's General Session. But I hope the Governor will give it at least one more try. I still believe the majority of voters would approve casinos if given the chance. And hopefully, the tracks won't be so bull-headed this time around about something that can only help their bottom lines.

Call and tell us what you think.

I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.

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