Walker: Working on 'creative solution' for Kenosha casino

CREATED Nov 4, 2013 - UPDATED: Nov 4, 2013

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MADISON - There's new information about the Kenosha Casino. It's not a yes, but it's also not a no yet from Governor Walker.

He tells TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson he's working on a creative solution for the casino.

Governor Walker says he's looking at making sure any jobs gained in Kenosha are not jobs lost in Milwaukee.

"In the next few days I will be announcing what steps we are going to take and how we can try to mitigate those concerns," said Governor Walker.

But he stressed he has not yet made a decision.

The Menominee Tribe is promising 1400 construction jobs and 3300 casino jobs. but the Potawatomi say the Milwaukee area could lose 3000 jobs if the Hard Rock Casino is built in Kenosha.

Walker - who is up for re-election in a year and made a campaign promise of 250,000 jobs in his first term - is closely watching the jobs issue.

"To me the bigger issue is about jobs, trying to look at the potential of new jobs at the same time try to mitigate any damage that would be done elsewhere."

The jobs were not part of Walker's initial criteria for a deal but he seemed almost philosophical in trying to find a way to say yes to the Menominee offer.

"The time for leadership to rise is the time when you have the toughest of decisions and be the most creative in finding ways to address the problems people face in the state," said Walker. "I think we are going to find a creative way to move this forward."