Rep. Kerkman: Casino pact ruling puts gov. in better position to approve

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman /Contributed photo

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman /Contributed photo

The Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs rejection of a contract provision that could have obligated the state to make up any money the Pottawatomietribe might have lost from a Menominee Tribe casino in Kenosha puts Gov. Scott Walker in a better position to approve the Kenosha casino, state Rep. Samantha Kerkman, R-Salem, contends in a statement issued Friday:

“Now that the BIA has rejected the Potawatomi compact amendment, Governor Walker is in a better position to approve the Menominee Hard Rock Casino project in Kenosha. Wisconsin is poised to enjoy the benefits that this new entertainment destination will bring to southeastern Wisconsin. Get ready for 1.6 billion dollars in economic development, over 10,600 new jobs, and additional gaming revenue for the state. I will continue to work with Governor Walker and other stakeholders to make this project a reality in Wisconsin.”

Walker is expected to make a ruling by Feb. 15 on whether to allow the Kenosha casino to move forward at the site of the closed Dairyland Greyhound Park. Supporters of the project say it will create 5,000 temporary and permanent jobs.

 

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