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KEEP vows to keep up the fight for slots

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 15, 2009 at 12:47 AM

Still smarting after expanded gambling backer Jodie Haydon lost in last week's special election for a Kentucky state senate seat, the Kentucky Equine Education Project Board of Directors says it "unanimously voted to redouble their efforts to protect Kentucky jobs and put our signature horse industry on a level competitive playing field."

“The KEEP Board voted unanimously to pursue a legislative strategy that would save jobs and provide immediate relief by putting our industry on a level competitive playing field,” KEEP Chairman Brereton Jones said in a news release, "The Board also voted unanimously to further engage our 15,000 members statewide in the political and fundraising process, and to continue the trend of growing our membership across the state. Our industry is committed to recruiting and supporting candidates that will support the horse industry.”

Here's KEEP's news release:

KEEP Redoubles Efforts to Protect Jobs in the Equine Industry
 (LEXINGTON, Ky.)— In a meeting held this morning, the Kentucky Equine Education Project Board of Directors unanimously voted to redouble their efforts to protect Kentucky jobs and put our signature horse industry on a level competitive playing field.
 
“As we all know, our competitor states are using revenue from expanded gaming to enhance their purses and breeders incentive funds, which is causing a severe loss of Kentucky racing and breeding stock to those other states,” commented KEEP Chairman Brereton Jones. “When horses leave our state, jobs go with them, from the farmer who grows the hay, to the veterinarian, feed supply salesperson, equipment manufacturer, groom, equine insurance agent and on and on.”
 
“One-hundred thousand Kentuckians depend on the horse industry for their livelihoods. We have a duty to make our industry as healthy as possible, to bring back the jobs that have already left the state, and to protect and create new jobs right here in Kentucky. We have no choice but to keep fighting for our industry.”
 
“The KEEP Board voted unanimously to pursue a legislative strategy that would save jobs and provide immediate relief by putting our industry on a level competitive playing field,” continued Jones. “The Board also voted unanimously to further engage our 15,000 members statewide in the political and fundraising process, and to continue the trend of growing our membership across the state. Our industry is committed to recruiting and supporting candidates that will support the horse industry.”
 
“This will continue to be an industry wide effort,” concluded Jones. “Seventy percent of Kentuckians agree that our industry should be put on a level competitive playing field, and a bill passed the House of Representatives for the first time ever this past June. We are so close to reaching our goal, and our resolve has only strengthened. We will not quit until the fight is won.”

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