Final say for Kenosha casino rests with Governor Walker

CREATED Oct 22, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct 22, 2013

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MADISON - All the cards will be on the governor’s table Wednesday as the Menominee Tribe makes its final pitch for a Kenosha casino. 

Governor Scott Walker will have the final say but opponents are betting the Governor will say no because the Menominee did not meet the criteria for a deal.

Supporters disagree and late Tuesday night the Menominee Chairman told TODAY’S TMJ4 Reporter Charles Benson; wait until you see our plan to the governor.

“I’m pretty confident the package we put together goes a long way to meeting Governor Walker’s three criteria,” said Menominee Chairman Craig Corn.

The Menominee delivered hundreds of pages to the state’s lead office on the negotiations as required by the governor.  

The tribe wants to build an $800 million dollar Hard Rock Casino in Kenosha with the Florida based Seminole Tribe. The project promises thousand s of jobs.

But the Potawatomi oppose the project saying it will take jobs and revenue from their Milwaukee Casino.  Ho-Chunk also opposes the plan. Governor Walker wants unanimous consent from all the tribes.   

Despite the opposition, the Menominee argue the compacts - written agreements the tribes reached with a previous governor, help them meet Walker’s criteria.

“If you look at our state compact, Kenosha is written into the state compact, I think there is couple of ways around that,” said Chairman Corn.

But the opposition group Enough Already said in a written statement;  ” …the Menominee Tribe’s efforts focus on distractions and irrational conclusions that fail to meet the clearly defined standards..

Governor Walker says he will make a final decision by the end of the week.