Gov. Beshear Pushing Gambling Again to Help Education Funding

By Michael Gossum | 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) -- Governor Steve Beshear began his end of the year interviews Tuesday touting health care, kynect and his Medicaid expansion, but once again it came back to an issue he's been talking about since the beginning of his first term: expanding gaming in Kentucky.

The governor believes gambling is a way to fund different important areas, and he said the potential amount of revenue will be very helpful.

"I've seen projections of anywhere between $200 to $400 million depending on the details and what may be there. Regardless of what it is, if it's anywhere in that range that certainly would be a benefit to this state," said Gov. Steve Beshear, D-Kentucky.

Beshear said gambling and tax reform are two important ways to help fund education.

However getting expanded gaming in the Commonwealth requires a change to the constitution, meaning you get to decide if you want gambling in Kentucky, but to even have that on the ballot, lawmakers have to vote to put it there.

"A constitutional amendment needs to be short, simple and clean. Then we will work on enabling legislation and see where there is common ground there," said Beshear.

Rep. Larry Clark, D-Louisville and Sen. Dan Seum, R-Fairdale have both laid the groundwork for legislation this upcoming session.

It's a big year for the legislature and the governor as they work on the budget in 2014.

This will be a 60 day legislative session to make the budget for the state.

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