KY Governor candidate reveals gambling expansion plans

17 September 2019

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear has announced plans to significantly expand Kentucky’s legal gambling market by legalizing commercial casinos, sports betting and online gaming if elected.

Under Beshear’s proposed policy, tax revenue raised through gambling expansion would be fund the pension system for public servants. This would benefit the state’s teachers, police officers, firefighters and social workers.

The candidate added that the extra tax revenue brought in from legalized gambling could be used to fund local services such as health clinics, without the need for local tax increases.

Currently, the only gambling allowed in Kentucky are pari-mutuel horse and dog race betting and charitable games such as the state lottery.

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