MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Time is running out for supporters of a Kenosha casino project to get the state’s other tribal nations to sign off on the plan. Gov. Scott Walker set Tuesday, October 22nd as the deadline.
In a statement issued on Monday, October 21st, a spokesman for the Forest County Potawatomi Nation says the tribe continues to oppose the proposal. The spokesman says the plan would “…end up sending hundreds of millions of dollars to the out-of-state gambling interests invested in the project.”
Gov. Scott Walker has repeatedly said his support depends on all eleven of the state’s tribes signing off on the proposal.
“I’d like to have a win-win which means if the Potawatomi or the Ho-Chunk believe that they will be financially hurt by a project in Kenosha, and they believe that will cost them jobs, that I suggest the Menominee should find a way to make an offer that would mitigate any potential damage — not just financially, but in terms of jobs,” said Gov. Walker.
The governor says he’s suggested the Menominee make the holdouts an offer they can’t refuse.
“If it’s going to happen, it should happen quickly. If it’s not going to happen, they should figure out something, know the answer and move on,” said Gov. Walker.
FOX6 News also spoke by phone with a spokesman for the Kenosha casino project. He says Menominee chairman Craig Corn reached out to the holdout tribes earlier on Monday. He also says they believe the project will move forward and remain cautiously optimistic that they’ll meet all of the governor’s criteria.