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Attorney General Andy Beshear said that the legislature's proposal to fix the state's pension crisis is illegal. So what's his solution? Expanded gambling. But is expanding gambling a serious fix for a structurally deficient pension system? Of course, more people will have a chance to gamble closer to home. Some see this as entertainment while the state gets new revenue without raising taxes. It's a little ironic that the state's top law enforcement officer promotes expanding gambling because, if anything, it will likely create more work for the law enforcement community. Studies show that gambling expansion brings an increase in social ills: addiction, bankruptcy, crime and suicide among others. These are all things our leaders should work to alleviate and more gambling opportunities will only makes matters worse.

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