New Kentucky governor may help bring casinos to the state
By Bob Garcia
Pro-gambling Andy Beshear appears to have won the battle
Kentucky recently finished the election period for several key positions, including governor, and this time winds of change for the casino gambling industry are most likely to arrive. Andy Beshear, who was also serving as the Attorney General for KY won the elections by a very thin margin. With 100% of the precincts reporting the results, the state will officially have a Democratic supporter of the industry as governor.
CBS News informed that Beshear defeated Matt Bevin by only 5,333 votes. The official designation for Beshear to take his seat is yet to happen and one of the things that need to occur before is for Bevin to surrender his seat officially. Beshear already gave his victory speech in public last Tuesday, in spite of that Bevin declared some irregularities in the voting and that’s the reason he is fighting back.
During his campaign, Beshear promoted quite often one aspect of this plans once elected. He promised to legalize casino gambling in the state, which is a big step forward, given this is one of the strictest states when it comes to gambling. If KY citizens want to gamble on something other than horse racing, they need to take a road trip to one of the neighbor states such as Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, and West Virginia. Beshear defends his proposal due to the fact that possible tax dollars are been given away to other states and they could use the funds to finance state projects like the public pension.
Most likely the reason Bevin was the only Republican governor to lose his seat was due to the refusal to adopt new legislation for casinos, and he is not getting that much support either from other republicans. Since the bill had almost non-existing chances of approving it was never sent out to the House. Beshear will take office at the beginning of 2020, this only if Bevin’s efforts to fight back are unsuccessful.