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Stumbo and Williams debate gambling amendment

Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, debated the prospects of a constitutional amendment to allow expanded gambling in Kentucky during their Friday morning news conference.

- Ryan Alessi

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  1. dbk says:

    Some of the gaming money may be used to unseat Mr. Williams. Then he can go to work full time for his friends across the river and leave us alone.

  2. Paul says:

    Mind boggling stupidity. We already have gambling in Kentucky…people bet on horses. Who cares if we add more options? We sure could use the tax revenue.

  3. JMR says:

    Thank you Paul. I don’t understand opposition to gambling when you bet on horse races AND have a lottery. It’s all gambling.

  4. Buck Feshear says:

    A constitutional amendment is the surest and safest way to permit casino gambling. Any legislation without a constitutional amendment would be constitutionally deficient and would be thrown out by a court of competent jurisdiction.

  5. mo_ky_fellow says:

    Thank You Buck Feshear. So far, your comment is the only one that makes sense.

    …..and so it goes~~

  6. Gary Stratton says:

    Mr. Williams you are NOT a true Republican for personal freedoms. You cannot protect everyone from everything. We can already gamble, let people make there own decisions. If you are so concerned about gambling do away with the state lottery, have state goverenment tell us what we can invest in (so we will not lose money, etc., let the people decide, be a Republican

  7. daniel says:

    Not much of a debate
    Stumbo said maybe and Williams said no.
    It was over that fast.

  8. Bill says:

    Rural Kentucky is very conservative. Rural areas heavily depend on urban area for everything, and in return decide everything in Kentucky.
    Begger become Chooser.

  9. Dan says:

    Stumbo loves gambling. He even told the newspapers he wasn’t sure cockfighting should be illegal. He must be missing a chromosone or two if he thinks Kentucky needs cockfighting.

  10. Buck Feshear says:

    Bill, you don’t know how wrong you are. Without the rural areas, the urban areas wouldn’t exist as we know them today. Take away the money spent by residents of rural counties south and east of Lexington, and that “city” would look more like Frankfort or Richmond than it would what it is now. Without the shopping, medical and education dollars spent in Lexington — and without the payroll taxes paid to the LFUCG by people who only work in Fayette County and don’t live there and receive no local services for what they pay in taxes — Lexington would be in bad shape. I’d wager that Louisville is the same way, and ditto for BooneCampbellKenton County.

  11. RyeHill says:

    Bill hit the nail on the head.

    Buck. I got a solution. Let’s let Eastern KY secede and start the 51st state..the rest of the (sane) Kentucky will go its own way. Then we’ll see how much they contribute to Lexington.

    You’re actually delusional enough to think that without the hillbillies that come in to shop at Fayette Mall that Lexington would be crumbling and without the “once a week” ATV Evel Knievel (who probably can’t pay) being hauled to UK..Lexington would turn into Bowling Green.

    Get a grip, EKY is the most impoverished, drug ridden area in the country that is using the rest of the state as a crutch.. all while trying to keep the rest of us in 1950.

  12. Buck Feshear says:

    RyeHill, you are an idiot. Many people come to Lexington to undergo tests, see specialists, etc. And why do you think Hamburg was built where it was and continues to grow? To attract the money from the mountains.

    And I”m sure there’s no crack being used down on 3rd Street in Lexington, on Louisville’s west end, or anywhere in Newport.

    And I didn’t even mention coal severance money, did I?

    Personally, I’d love it if they could find some evidence that the Ohio River actually ran south of the Gene Snyder in 1792 and its course got changed by the New Madrid Earthquake, and as a result we had to give Louisville to Indiana.

  13. Buck Feshear says:

    And, Bill, last time I checked, both houses of the legislature have seats apportioned by population, not by geography. So the greater populated areas do have more representation.

  14. Bill says:

    Buck Feshear, a UK report shows that for every two dollars paid to state by Lousiville, Lexington, and North Kentucky, only one dollar come back, another dollar goes to support rural counties.
    Yes, many come to Lexington get medical services, but most are paid by entitlement programs that makes Kentucky even worse.
    Statistics cannot lie.
    I am not saying Kentucky should discard rural areas, instead there are better ways to help them. Many rural areas in Kentucky has the vicious cycle generation after generation, you don’t want see the cycle contining forever.

  15. Big Ben 4 liberty says:

    I agree with Buck Feshear, Lexington and Louisville depend on the rural areas. Especially now that both cities love statism and are overrun with oh-so “progressive” busy bodies who love to decide how people should live their lives, how much money they should make (and how much of it they should be forced to give to government). thus pushing out as many conservative minded people out to other towns. I personally left Lexington for Paris and I am glad for it.

  16. Buck Feshear says:

    Bill, your report may be true in a sense that it concerns tax dollars, but I am talking about consumer dollars spent by rural dwellers in the urban areas and local taxes paid by people who work in the city but live elsewhere and get no benefit out of those tax dollars.

    The city of Frankfort is getting rich off the residents of Woodford, Owen, Henry, Anderson, Scott, Fayette, Shelby and Mercer counties who work in state government but live outside Frankfort.

    I would love to see the state scrap the occupational or payroll tax system and go to a local income tax that is based on the taxpayers’ residence, not their workplace.

    And I fervently disagree with your comment about entitlement services. The times I’ve needed a specialist, I’ve been sent to either Richmond or Lexington and I work every day and will probably die before I become eligible for social security.

  17. Bill says:

    Buck Feshear, from your analysis you must have a decent job that is not popular in rural area. Even you are living in rural, I would not call you as a rural people. It is more a conceptual than geographic term here.
    Each public school student costs state about $7k, how many families in EKY can pay state with 7K, 14k, 21k tax? This is only one item. From average income we can easily know rural population as a whole needs help.
    The point is current policy will make rural Kentucky stay in the vicious cycle (poor and poorer, dumb and dumber). There are much better policies could really help them out of the cycle.