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Kenosha's mayor, Rep. Barca want approval of Menominee's casino proposal

KENOSHA, WI (WTAQ) - Kenosha's mayor and state representative said taxpayers have nothing to lose and much to gain from the proposed Menominee tribe's Hard Rock casino.

Governor Scott Walker has until next February to decide whether to approve the project -- and the Republican is delaying a decision while state officials reportedly try to reach a settlement on payments the state would have to make to the Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk tribes if they lose revenues from a new casino nearby.

The Menominee has said it would mitigate those losses -- and Wednesday, Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman and Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca said taxpayers will gain millions of dollars from the jobs to be created at the new casino and hotel.

Tuesday, the Republican Walker told lawmakers the Potawatomi tribe is refusing to pay its required annual state casino revenue fee under its gaming compact -- because it would just get the money back if Walker approves the Kenosha casino.

Walker said the lost payment would hurt the state budget. One report said the Potawatomi is withholding $25 million.

Meanwhile, a new Marquette Law School poll says 47 percent of the 815 registered voters surveyed favor the Kenosha casino. 13 percent are against it. 14 percent are undecided.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)