Beshear campaign promotes gambling as way to fund public pensions

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - The Andy Beshear campaign announced Thursday that the campaign will make expanded gaming a priority to help fund public pensions.

The expanded gaming includes legalizing casinos, capitalizing on fantasy sports, sports betting and preparing for online poker.

Beshear's campaign promised all the money from this tax revenue would go to the public pension system. He compared his goals to other states who have expanded gaming, including Indiana, West Virginia, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee and Ohio.

“Expanded gaming is a long-overdue and common-sense way to make Kentucky more competitive and protect the hard-earned pensions of our teachers and first responders,” said Andy Beshear. “While Matt Bevin is making up excuses and false claims, Indiana and our neighboring states continue to steal our revenue. I’ll always put the best interests of our people first — and that includes expanding gaming to create new opportunities here in Kentucky.”

Beshear's campaign also mentioned he plans to work closely with nonprofits and other addiction-help resources.

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