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UPDATE: Gov. Walker still making up his mind on Kenosha casino

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MADISON (WKOW) -- October 22nd was the original deadline Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) set for his decision on the Menominee Tribe's proposed $800 million dollar off-reservation casino in Kenosha.

That date came and went without a decision.  The governor then said he would likely make up his mind this week.

"Well, its not the end of the week yet, so hopefully we'll have something to announce in the next couple days," Gov. Walker told reporters on Thursday.

Gov. Walker said he is still weighing whether or not he can figure out a way the project can add jobs in Kenosha without taking jobs away from the Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk casinos in Milwaukee, Madison and Baraboo.  Both of those tribes refuse to support the project, which is  something the Governor said was essential when laying out his original criteria for the Menominee.

"We're still looking at that, examining it and ultimately trying to find a way to balance the criteria we set, but also with, I think, an equally important challenge and that is trying to make a decision that maximizes the ability to have a net increase in the number of jobs in the state of Wisconsin," said Gov. Walker.

The Governor was also very non-committal on legislation that will soon come to his desk.  That includes a bill that would make it harder for people to challenge the race-based nicknames and mascots of public schools.  Both the Assembly and Senate have already passed the bill.

"I mean obviously I'll take a look at it before I take action on it, but for that as just about everything else, I was asked about this in Wausau yesterday, for me, its not on my radar if its not about jobs," said Gov. Walker.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) says he is still weighing a decision on whether to allow the Menominee Tribe to build an $800 million dollar Hard Rock casino at the site of the former Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha.

"Well, its not the end of the week yet so hopefully we'll have something to announce in the next couple days," Gov. Walker told reporters in Madison Thursday, when asked if he still expected to make a decision this week.

The Governor said he is trying the balance the original criteria he laid out with the prospect of maximizing jobs in the state.

"We're gonna take the time necessary to make sure that we're able to balance the very legitimate interests, in terms of helping to create more jobs particularly in the Kenosha/Racine area where there is great and active interest, while at the same time balancing concerns raised both here in the Madison/Baraboo area as well as Milwaukee about potential job loss," said Gov. Walker.

Both the Ho-Chunk and Potawatomi Tribes have refused to support the Menominee's efforts, expressing concerns that a Kenosha casino would harm their operations.

 

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