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Wed May 13, 2009
KY Legislator Says Horse Tracks Need Slots To Prosper
By Bryan Bartlett - Alan Lytle
Lexington, KY – 79th District Democrat Susan Westrom says the Commonwealth will be forced to consider expanding gaming at racetracks if it hopes address a predicted one billion dollar budget shortfall in the next fiscal year. Westrom says if the state's horse racing industry continues to lose business to tracks in other states like Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the Commonwealth has nowhere else to recoup those revenue streams. Efforts to legalize expanded gaming have twice failed in the Kentucky General Assembly.