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Menominee Tribal Chair replies to Governor's no new net gaming criteria

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Chairman of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin Craig Corn released a statement about taking exception to Governor Scott Walker's statement on his criteria for no new net gaming in the state.

On November 1, Corn released this statement.

"In Governor Walker's statement today, he says:
‘A review of the revenues at the Dairyland Greyhound Park found that in 2002, at its peak, it had revenues of $20,020,064. Adjusted for inflation, that would be $25,928,938 today.'

"Unfortunately, it appears that the Governor has been provided incorrect information. Our information shows that the peak year of revenues for Dairyland Greyhound Park was 1991 with revenue of $170,155,788. Adjusted for inflation, that would be nearly $300,000,000 today. In fact, in the early 1990s Dairyland Greyhound Park was the largest Class III gaming facility in the State of Wisconsin.

"The Governor also cites the small size of the Menominee facility that would be shuttered when the Kenosha Project is operational. As we have stated before, the closure of a secondary Menominee facility on the Reservation was specifically contemplated by the State in the 2000 Compact amendments. In those amendments the facility to be closed was Menominee's Crystal Palace, a small casino near the Tribe's main casino.

This agreement between the State and the Tribe was made in 2000, seven years after the 1993 advisory referendum cited. The Compact was signed by Governor Thompson who certainly was familiar with the 1993 referenda.

"The fact is gaming in Wisconsin has undergone tremendous expansion since 1993. The Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee has had two major expansions in 2000 and 2008 that added thousands of gaming machines to their casino. It is difficult to understand a policy that allows for unlimited expansion in Milwaukee after 1993, while prohibiting Kenosha from returning to the size of facility that existed prior to 1993.

"Opening the Kenosha casino is the implementation of gaming long contemplated by both the State and the Menominee Tribe. It would in effect replace the once largest Class III gaming facility in the State of Wisconsin that was in existence since 1990, three years prior to the referendum cited by Governor Walker."

To find out more information about the Kenosha casino project, check out the links underneath "Also on the Web"

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