As you already know, Governor Steve Beshear is offering state senators enriched pensions and state jobs in exchange for the open seats.
Kentucky Roll Call has the skinny.
And what is giving “slot machines at racetracks” its extra zip right now and causing a buzz around the capitol about a possible special session before year’s end? The enabler is enriched pensions for legislators!
Saving Kentucky’s signature industry and finding good people to serve in government has been the governor’s spin on slots and on a Republican senator’s departure from the Senate. But in reality the taproot, which has given rise to the new zip and buzz, is lawmakers’ pensions.
It’s new twist that has embolden the pro-gambling forces — leading them to think the Democrats could, possibly, gain control of the Senate, and, therefore, the Legislature could enact a slots’ bill, before Christmas.
The governor can now bestow government jobs worth $1 million or more in extra pension benefits in exchange for a lawmaker’s resignation from the Senate, creating an open Senate seat that Democrats might win in a special election.
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