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UPDATE: Governor delays casino decision again, Potawatomi "disappointed"

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KENOSHA (WKOW) -- A decision on the Menominee Tribe's proposed $800 million off-reservation casino for Kenosha has been delayed again.

"The tentative deadline I set is not practical," Governor Walker told reporters in Milwaukee Friday.

Walker originally said he would make a decision by the 22nd, then said it would come by the end of this week.

The Menominee Tribe put out a statement saying they respect the Governor's decision and are grateful for his leadership on the matter.

"We look forward to continuing our work with Governor Walker, Secretary Mike Huebsch and their team while forthrightly answering all of their questions," the Menominee statement reads. "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."

But the Potawatomi Tribe reiterated its position against the casino, saying it will not change.

"While the Potawatomi are disappointed in the delay of the Governor's decision it is certainly well within the Governor's discretion to delay a decision," the Potawatomi said in a statement.

Both the Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk tribes have repeatedly said they will not support the casino, because it would threaten gaming at their casinos.
 
Walker has stated criteria for any approval of the casino project, including: no net increase in gaming in the state; support for the project from surrounding communities; and concensus among the state's eleven Native American tribes.
 
"Menominee has made, on one hand, a very compelling case about meeting the criteria I set," Walker said. He acknowledged some other tribes maintain Menominee have failed to meet one or more criteria. 

Meanwhile, the push for and against the project continues.

Thursday builders in the Kenosha area tried to sway the governor's vote.  They say approval of the project would lead to 1,400 construction jobs.

Gov. Walker gave no indication Friday about when a decision on the casino may come. He referenced a decision was possible as early as next week, but noted he legally has up to a year and a half to render a decision. "I'm not planning to do that," the governor said.

Walker said it was prudent to devote more study to the Menominee proposal. "Just 'cause this is a really big decision. We want to make sure we fully understand all the implications in what they're presenting."

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KENOSHA (WKOW) -- A decision on a proposed casino for Kenosha has been delayed again.

A governor's office spokesman says there will not be a decision today. 

"The Menominee tribe has met Governor Walker's October 22 deadline, and the governor is continuing to review the tribe's proposal," Press Secretary Tom Evenson said.

Meanwhile, the push for and against the project continues.

Thursday builders in the Kenosha area tried to sway the governor's vote.  They say approval of the project would lead to 1,400 construction jobs, but Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett argues a new casino could be a job killer.

Barrett says the project could reduce positions at the existing Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee.

The Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk tribes are both opposed to the plan.

Governor Walker had said he wanted a consensus from all the tribes in the state in favor of the project to approve it.  .

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