Madison – Governor Scott Walker today released the following letter regarding the Kenosha casino project:
Yesterday, I provided you with information about the possibility of a casino opening across the border in Illinois, if one is not approved in Kenosha. Today, I want to share some information with you about the potential impact—good or bad—on jobs in the state if a new casino is approved in Wisconsin.
As you might guess, there is a great deal of information to review. With this in mind, I will summarize the points made by the various interested parties.
According to the proposal for a new casino from the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, they believe 3,356 new permanent jobs will eventually be created at a Kenosha casino. They also believe approximately 1,400 temporary construction jobs would be needed over the next few years to build the facility.
According to information provided by the Forest County Potowatomi and the City and County of Milwaukee, they estimate the Milwaukee casino would lose approximately $158 million in year one, which would grow to over $921 million over an estimated five-year period and would lead to the reduction of about 3,000 jobs. They project these losses based on the percentage of their current customer base, or about a third of current customers, who come from northern Illinois. The City and County of Milwaukee also assert approximately 2,000 direct and indirect jobs related to the current hotel expansion at the Potowatomi casino could be lost, if the Kenosha casino is approved.
In addition, the Ho Chunk Nation presented a report showing gaming revenues at their casinos are estimated to decline by $19.5 million, although they have not specifically quantified their potential job losses as a result of this revenue decline.
In contrast, the Menominee tribal leaders submitted a report by the deadline last Tuesday suggesting the Potawatomi would lose $62.6 million over four years at their Milwaukee location. Their report suggested the Ho Chunk would not experience a loss.
During their meeting with me last week, the Menominee representatives suggested an objective review of the data. In particular, they suggested looking to a firm like the Innovation Group. As I noted to them, the Innovation Group is the firm, which conducted a review of the impact of a Kenosha casino to the Ho Chunk’s operations, and this firm found it would lead to the aforementioned $19.5 million loss.
This discussion illustrates the difficulty of getting objective information. With that in mind, I am taking additional time to conduct the due diligence necessary for a decision in the best interest of the entire state of Wisconsin.
One tribal government talks about their plans leading to over 3,300 permanent jobs. Two other tribal governments, as well as local governments, talk about the proposed casino leading to significant loss of revenue and the loss of over 3,000 jobs elsewhere in the state.
These are some of the issues we continue to consider in making a final decision on the potential casino approval.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he hopes to make a decision on whether to allow the Menominee to open a new casino in Kenosha within a week.
Walker said Tuesday he's not setting any firm deadlines. He says given that the fight over the casino has been going on for about 20 years, a couple more days won't matter.
Walker this week is highlighting different issues he's considering as he mulls his decision. He says that the debate over what impact a new casino would have on job creation is one area he's looking closely at.
Walker says he wants to make sure he's done his due diligence in looking at all the issues and ensure that people understand where he's coming from once he decides.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) --Gov. Scott Walker says the debate over what impact a new casino in Kenosha would have on jobs in southeastern Wisconsin is part of the reason why he is taking longer to make a decision.
Walker highlighted the jobs issue in a release Tuesday, the second in what he promises will be a series.
Walker has not said when he will decide whether the Menominee can open the casino. That tribe argues the new casino will lead to the creation of more than 3,300 permanent jobs.
But Walker says the issue is cloudy because the Forest County Potawatomi, the Ho-Chunk and Milwaukee officials have presented other information showing job losses and a loss of money for the tribes at their existing casinos.
Both of those tribes oppose the Kenosha casino.