Gov. Walker may make his decision on the new Menominee casino this week
KENOSHA - Will Governor Walker finally make a decision this week about the proposed casino project in Kenosha?
It’s possible the governor may make his announcement Monday at an event in Milwaukee.
The governor had said he planned to make a decision by last week but then changed his mind, saying he wanted to continue reviewing the proposal. A decision could come as early as this week, although he hasn't set a timetable.
The $800 million casino would be built on the former Dairyland Greyhound Race Track in Kenosha. It would be backed by the Menominee Tribe and managed by Hard Rock International.
Walker has said he won't approve the project unless it has community support, it can't create any new net gambling, and all 10 of Wisconsin's other tribes must sign off.
“We want to make sure we fully understand the arguments that have been made and are able to make a decision that is in the best interest of the people of Wisconsin,” Gov. Walker said.
The Ho-Chunk and Potawatomi still oppose the casino.
But the Menominee argue those tribes effectively support the plan because they signed gaming compacts with the state that require each tribe to be made financially whole if they lose money to a new casino.
The governor will be at an opening for a new energy facility Monday morning in Milwaukee.