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Louisville mayoral candidates talk tourism. gaming

by WHAS11 News

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 3, 2010 at 10:38 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Three candidates in the race for Louisville mayor answered questions Tuesday at a forum hosted by the Greater Louisville Hotel and Lodging Association.
 
The forum came one day after a WHAS11-Courier Journal Bluegrass Poll showed that the race is tied, with both Republican Hal Heiner and Democrat Greg Fischer at 45 percent.   Independent candidates Jackie Green and Nimbus Couzin combined for five percent support and four percent are undecided.
 
Heiner, Fischer and Green attended the forum, which included questions about downtown retail business, transportation issues and whether Louisville should push for expanded gaming:

Greg Fisher:

“I'm for that for a variety of reasons. Currently, Kentucky is losing $500 million a year to other states that have expanded gaming while we need help with our social services, policing, our school system. Secondly, this would be a tremendous enhancement to the convention and visitors that come to our city. Some people like to game. Why not keep them here as opposed to going across to Indiana.”

Hal Heiner:

“So what we're talking about in all of the forms that have been discussed, or most that have had any traction in Frankfort, although they address the problem in the horse industry, they don't address Louisville Kentucky losing $400 million dollars of capital annually leaving our community.”

Jackie Green:

“I'm a businessman. Many of you are businessmen. You know business is a gamble. We gamble. We've got Churchill. We've got a great race tradition of gambling. All of our Catholic churches gamble. What's the big deal here?”

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