Assembly Speaker Vos throws his support behind casino

roulette-wheel-sxc-Richard-StylesGov. Scott Walker’s decision on a Kenosha Casino didn’t come this week either.

Built the project has gained another official supporter — State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a Republican who represents a Racine County district.

Vos, in a email update to constituents and a statement on his website, endorsed Walker approving the casino. Vos’ reason? Jobs, he said:.

As a state representative of Racine County, I know all too well that we need jobs; Racine has the highest unemployment rate in the state. I welcome any new business that brings jobs to the area and the casino complex is projected to create 5,000 direct and indirect jobs. Additionally, the Menominee tribe has promised 15 percent of the casino jobs or about 500 jobs to Racine County residents. As the Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, I also consider what’s best for the entire state. The opponents of the casino have vigorously expressed their disapproval. They question whether the Menominee tribe has met the governor’s criteria of no new net gaming and consensus among the tribes. However, there’s no question of community support. While the decision is ultimately the governor’s, I hope he will listen to us as we continue to communicate that new jobs in Racine and Kenosha are just as important as jobs created in any other area of our state.”

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman, also a Republican, whose district includes most of Western Kenosha County, has been a strong supporter of the casino who has made frequent statements of support for the casino.

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 Salem and Randall town boards have passed resolutions supporting the casino.

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