Expanded Gaming Meeting

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

The Sulphur Springs Baptist Church hosted the Family Foundation, a group that's opposed to bringing casinos to Kentucky.

If the casino legislation gets on the ballot and passes in November, then the city of Franklin would receive a casino since it has a horse track.

The Family Foundation member, Richard Nelson says he hopes meetings like these will convince Kentuckians to tell state legislators to keep gaming off of the ballots.

"We're concerned that outside entrants coming in and spending millions of dollars to convince Kentuckians that casinos are a good idea. So we need our legislators in Frankfort to make this decision for us."

In literature from the Family Foundation, they claim the addition of legalized gambling will have negative effects, much like the lottery.

Which is a claim Kentucky Equine Education Project executive director, Jim Navallo, disputes.

"This is very different from the lottery cause our proposal calls for the money to be dedicated. If the money is not dedicated in the constitutional amendment, guaranteeing what happened with the lottery won't happen here, we're not going to support it."

Some state officials claim Kentucky could earn nearly 437 million dollars in tax revenue from casinos.

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