Gov. Scott Walker rejects Kenosha casino plan

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Gov. Scott Walker’s office announced on Friday that he will reject the plan for the Kenosha casino.

The Menominee Tribe and Hard Rock International wanted to build an $800 million complex on the former Dairyland Greyhound site, but Walker remained skeptical of the potential cost for the state.

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, the state and the Menominee Tribe made an agreement, or compact, that was sent off to the Bureau of Indian affairs for approval.
In the compact, the Menominee Tribe agreed to compensate the state for any future money the state is required to pay the Potowatomi Tribe. But taxpayers could still be on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars if the Potowatomi take this to court and win.
“The bottom line is we’re still trying to work with all of the interested parties to get to a point where the state doesn’t lose out on something like $100 million or more because of the compacts of Jim Doyle,” Walker said previously.
Both Walker, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Menominee could reject the compact between the state and the Menominee Tribe. The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Menominee have not announced their decisions.
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