Menominee 5th grader: 'other tribes are bullies'
MADISON - Groups on both sides on of the Kenosha Hard Rock Casino controversy are making passionate public appeals.
At a Tuesday rally in the Wisconsin State Capitol, the Menominee Tribe vowed to use gaming revenue to improve reservation health care, housing and education.
10-year-old McKayla Putnam, a fifth grader at the tribe's school, spoke to reporters.
"It feels like some of the other tribes are bullies," she said. "The wealthy tribes act like bullies because they don't want us to have the same things they give their kids."
Menominee Nation Vice Chair Lisa Waukau says they would celebrate Governor Walker's name if he approves the casino.
"Moms are going to name their children after you Scott Walker," Waukau said. "There are going to be a lot of Scotts and a lot of Walkers walking around. Old men will be writing songs about you."
Other voices are urging the governor to reject the casino.
"The casino market in Wisconsin is both saturated and has remained flat," said Andrew Langer, president of the Institute for Liberty.
At their own rally, opponents argued net jobs will be few and a new casino will lead to more gambling addicts.
"The money that you get in the casinos to pay the people that you employ is coming from people who are the least likely to be able to afford to lose money," said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action.
On Monday, Walker said to expect a decision soon.
"In the next few days I will be announcing what steps we are going to take," Walker said.
The Kenosha Chamber of Commerce put out survey numbers on Tuesday. More than two-thirds of its members support the new casino.