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Casino backers aim to woo Governor Walker

Casino backers aim to woo Governor Walker

10/31/2013 UDPATE:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ A coalition of business leaders, public officials and members of Wisconsin's construction industry is coming to Madison to urge Governor Scott Walker to approve a new casino in Kenosha.

The group plans a news conference Thursday at the state Capitol to emphasize jobs the casino would create and the budget benefits for state and local governments.

Walker is reviewing various issues as he decides whether to grant the Menominee Nation's plans for the off-reservation casino.

In his daily update Wednesday, Walker discussed community support, one of those factors.

The Republican governor notes voters in Kenosha County in 2004 passed a referendum supporting a casino, and the City of Kenosha did the same in 1998.

Walker also cited votes opposing the casino by the Milwaukee County Board and Milwaukee City Council.

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UDPATE 10/25/2013 :

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Gov. Scott Walker has delayed his announcement on whether he will approve the Menominee Nation's new casino in Kenosha.

Walker spokesman Tom Evenson said Friday that the governor won't announce his decision Friday as originally planned. He says Walker needs more time to review information the Menominee submitted.

Walker wants all of the state's tribes to approve the $800 million casino before he will allow it. Two tribes, the Ho-Chunk and Potawatomi, have steadfastly opposed it.

Ho-Chunk President Jon Greendeer says the governor should make a decision quickly so all the tribes can move on and delaying the announcement gives the Menominee false hope.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Menominee tribe and Hard Rock International leaders say they told Gov. Scott Walker they have met his criteria to approve a new casino in Kenosha.

Walker plans to announce his decision by the end of the week.

Menominee Chairman Craig Corn says Walker did not indicate during the meeting whether he would approve their plans to open an $800 million entertainment complex at the old Dairyland Greyhound dog track in Kenosha.

Corn says he expects there to be an ongoing dialogue with Walker's administration this week.

Walker is requiring that all Wisconsin tribes approve of the deal, but the Ho-Chunk and Potawatomie remain opposed.

Walker's spokeswoman issued a statement saying only that the governor is expected to make his decision later this week.

10/22/2013 UPDATE:

KESHENA, Wis. (AP) _ A television station is reporting that Gov. Scott Walker has extended his deadline for Wisconsin's tribes to approve the Menominee Nation's plans for an $800 million off-reservation casino in Kenosha.

Walker has said his approval hinges on three criteria _ the new casino can't create any net increase in gambling, there must be community support and all of the state's tribes must approve of it. The Forest County Potawatomi and the Ho-Chunk Nation oppose the project.

A 60-day period Walker gave the Menominee to build tribal consensus expires Tuesday. But the governor told WLUK-TV on Monday that he is extending the deadline to the end of the week.

A Department of Administration spokeswoman didn't immediately return messages from The Associated Press on Tuesday morning.


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MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Time is almost up for the Menominee Nation to make the case for a new off-reservation casino to Gov. Scott Walker.

The Menominee want to open a casino in Kenosha. The federal government has signed off on the project but Walker has yet to give his permission. The governor says he'll approve the casino only if the Menominee can show the project has community support, won't result in a net increase in gambling and the state's other 10 tribes agree.

The Forest County Potawatomi, which operates a casino in Milwaukee, and the Ho-Chunk Nation both oppose the plan.

Walker has given the Menominee until Tuesday to show they've met the criteria.

 

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