09/13/2005 11:00PM

Ky. group has revenue plan


The Kentucky Equine Education Project, a racing advocacy group started last year, has scheduled a press conference for Friday to announce what it terms a "bold legislative initiative" that will likely include a plan for slot machines at racetracks in the state.

Officials from the group would not disclose any details about the plan Wednesday, but the group's announcement claimed that "Kentucky is in dire need of additional revenue to provide services for its people," and that the plan would raise revenue "without a broad-based tax increase."

The announcement said the plan would support education, health care, local development, and the environment, and "help preserve the heritage of Kentucky's signature industry - the equine business."

Lobbying efforts to legalize slot machines in other states frequently use similar language to bolster their cases for the machines.

The announcement said representatives from Churchill Downs, Turfway Park, and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association would be present at the press conference, scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at the state capitol in Frankfort.