Menominee Nation members, state lawmakers, labor leaders and the mayor of Kenosha held a press conference Thursday morning at the state capitol to ask Gov. Scott Walker to reconsider his rejection of the Kenosha casino project.
Legislators, including Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca and State Rep. Jeff Mursau, R-Crivitz, made the same request in a letter to the governor Wednesday. But Walker says he can’t and won’t reconsider his decision unless the Menominee tribe submits a new proposal.
The Menominee wanted to partner with Hard Rock International to build an $800 million casino on an old race track in Kenosha. The governor rejected the plans last Friday after about a year and a half of consideration.
A Menominee spokesperson says tribal leaders are in Washington, D.C., meeting with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to discuss possible legal options.
Walker says the project could significantly impact the state budget, but some state lawmakers and the Menominee tribe have another view.