KENTUCKY WON'T GAMBLE AWAY DEBTS

July 15, 2001 7:40 PM
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Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton said he doesn't plan to bring up casino gambling as a way to plug the state's multimillion-dollar financial holes.

The state's $326 million budget shortfall this year fueled speculation that casino gambling might again resurface as a potential source of revenue.

Two years ago, Patton launched debate on the issue when he suggested that lawmakers consider allowing land-based casinos in Kentucky. The idea met with strong resistance from the public and lawmakers.