Kenosha casino decision delayed

roulette-wheel-sxc-Richard-StylesMultiple media outlets are reporting that Gov. Scott Walker will delay his decision on whether to allow a Menominee Tribe casino to be built on the grounds of the closed Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha.

The expectation had been that Walker would decide the issue by Friday.

The Menominee proposal has received federal approval and now only awaits the governor’s OK. Walker has said he wants certain conditions to be met in order to approve the casino, including that all 11 tribes in Wisconsin agree with it. Two tribes, the Pottawatomie and the Ho-Chunk have said they object to the Kenosha casino.

The casino’s backers say it will generate 5,000 temporary and permanent jobs.

Menominee Tribal Chairman Craig Corn issued a statement on the governor’s delay:

 Today, Governor Walker says he is continuing to deliberate on all the facts before making his decision on the proposal from the Menominee Tribe and Hard Rock International to build a destination resort and casino in Kenosha. We respect the governor’s decision and we are grateful for his leadership on this matter. From the very beginning of this long process, we have sought to help everyone understand how important this project will be to the people of the Menominee Tribe, as well as those living in Kenosha. We seek to help our members be lifted out of poverty and have the opportunity to build a better life for themselves. In the process we will create jobs and strengthen the local economy while attracting tourists and other visitors to our state. We look forward to continuing our work with Governor Walker, Secretary Mike Huebsch and their team while forthrightly answering all of their questions. We remain confident that we will help everyone understand how the Menominee Hard Rock Casino in Kenosha is a WIN for the tribe, a WIN for Kenosha and a WIN for the State of Wisconsin.

The Salem and Randall town boards have passed resolutions supporting the casino. State Rep. Samantha Kerkman, whose district includes most of Western Kenosha County, has also urged her fellow Republican Walker to approve the project.


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