– Gov. Scott Walker on Monday announced he is extending
his self-imposed deadline on reaching a decision for the
proposed Hard Rock Casino in Kenosha.
The original deadline set by Walker was Oct. 22.
“Helping the people of Wisconsin create more jobs is my
number one priority. With that in mind, I am directing
the secretary of the Department of Administration to
commence extensive discussions with the tribal
governments in an effort to maximize job creation in our
state,” Walker said. “Our administration will focus on
meeting the criteria set out more than two years ago. We
want to create jobs without losing jobs in other parts
of the state.”
The Milwaukee-operated Potawatomi Bingo Casino has been
a vocal opponent to the Kenosha casino, which is being
proposed by the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin.
“We appreciate Governor Walker giving a thorough and
deliberate evaluation of the Kenosha casino proposal to
see if it meets the criteria that he set more than two
years ago,” said Forest County Potawatomi Attorney
General Jeff Crawford. “Following his review, we expect
that Governor Walker will find that this project does
not meet his criteria and is not in the best interests
Walker said he will take as much time as needed to make
a well-informed decision.
“The Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs took nine years to
approve an application for a casino in Kenosha. We will
not take that long, but we will invest the time
necessary to reach a positive solution for the state,”
Walker said. “I would ask that all of the interested
parties spend their time and resources working with the
state's team at the Department of Administration. This
will ensure an objective process.”