Beach worked for months to craft a plan that could appease all factions. His original plan called for up to six casinos and a horse racing track across the state.
He eventually pared that down to no more than two "destination resort” casinos with proceeds from a 20 percent tax going to a host of interests, from HOPE scholarships, to needs-based college grants, rural trauma care and rural hospitals, to broadband Internet infrastructure to law enforcement raises.
In the end, no matter how he tried to divvy up the spoils, Beach could not pull the support he needed to get it out of committee.
"You can tell everyone, like Arnold Schwarzenegger said, '"I'll be back,'" Beach said.