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Gov. Walker calls for extensive discussions with tribes on Kenosha casino

MADISON (WKOW) -- Just before noon, Governor Scott Walker's office released the following statement about his decision on the Menominee tribe's proposed $800 million casino project in Kenosha:
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.
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 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. 
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.
Governor Walker's three stated criteria for approving the project are: community support, no net increase in gaming and support from all the state's tribes.
Support from all the tribes has been a sticking point, as both the Ho-Chunk and Potawatomi have firmly opposed the proposal.
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