Kenosha mayor responds to concerns over casino
KENOSHA - There are major developments in efforts to build a big casino in Kenosha. But what might be good for Kenosha might not be so good for Milwaukee.
The proposed casino could bring thousands of jobs to Kenosha while possibly taking jobs away from this casino in Milwaukee.
The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the Menominee Nation's plan to build a new casino in Kenosha. But the project is facing opposition from Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and officials from the Potawatomi Casino.
That’s where Thelma Poindexter's mother has worked for nearly ten years.
“I’m against it because people will lose their jobs and they'll have nowhere to go,” expresses Poindexter. “They'll lose their house and lose everything."
The Mayor of Kenosha explains the proposed casino would create competition, not to mention it would generate over three thousand new jobs, and fourteen hundred construction jobs.
"We’re all pulling together and I would hope the Governor would continue to support us on this project," says Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman.
The Dairyland Greyhound Park is in disarray and has been closed for over three and a half years.
Officials tell TODAY’S TMJ4 that they plan on building the new casino somewhere here in this property. In the meantime they'll use the current facility as the temporary casino.
Concerned citizen Tony Witkauskis doesn’t think it’ll be unfair to the Milwaukee casino.
"I think competition is good in anything," says Witkauskis
Phelma Poindexter argues what may be a boost for Kenosha, will only hurt those in Milwaukee.
“If this were to go through, it would mean that my mom would have to look for another job and now the economy is so bad it's hard to find jobs nowadays," adds Poindexter.
The proposed plan will move forward to the Governor's Desk.