Steve Beshear on Local Issues
Statewide vote on expanding gaming: keep revenues in-state
I will ask to place a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot related to expanded gaming. Over the years several economic studies of various gaming scenarios have projected potential Kentucky tax revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
But regardless of the amount, allowing gaming is a way to keep Kentucky tax revenue at home--instead of letting Kentuckians' entertainment dollars fund roads and schools in Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia and other states.
Now I realize there are many arguments for and against gaming. But there's no reason to deny the people of Kentucky an opportunity to vote "up" or "down" on this issue.
They want to vote on this issue, and we should let them decide whether to continue allowing Kentucky tax money to flow across our borders or to keep it here at home.
Source: 2014 Kentucky State of the State speech
, Jan 7, 2014
Keep KY Horse Capital of the World; a $4 billion industry
We must find ways to preserve the $4 billion equine industry that employs 100,000
Kentuckians and maintains our reputation as "Horse Capital of the World."
Source: 2011 Kentucky State of the State Address
, Feb 1, 2011
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