With new casino in the works, Potawatomi withholds money from state

UPDATED Wednesday August 27, 2014 -- 11:25 am

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Leaders from southeastern Wisconsin and Democratic state lawmakers say Gov. Scott Walker should immediately approve the Menominee tribe's proposed casino in Kenosha because it would put people back to work.

They came together Wednesday to put pressure on Walker to approve the casino. The Bureau of Indian Affairs gave its OK for the casino a year ago but Walker has until Feb. 19 to sign off on it.

Walker said in a letter to lawmakers on Tuesday that he's moving cautiously because he's concerned about the effect on the state budget.

The Forest County Potawatomi has refused to make its annual casino revenue payment to the state as Walker negotiates with it.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he thinks Walker is moving as quickly as he can.

Copyright Associated Press 2014

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Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 --- 7:23 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Forest County Potawatomi say they have not made their annual revenue sharing payment to the state of Wisconsin for their casino in Milwaukee because they anticipate the state will owe them money if Gov. Scott Walker approves a casino in Kenosha.

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Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 --- 7:23 p.m.

The Potawatomi released a statement Tuesday after Walker's office sent out an update on the casino project that noted the tribe had missed its payment. The tribe says the money has been placed in a segregated account.

The Menominee Tribe wants to open an off-reservation casino in Kenosha to help pull its members out of poverty. A final decision on the project rests with Walker.

The Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk Nation have been opposed to the project, but Walker says a deal has been reached with the Ho-Chunk Nation. Its terms have not been disclosed.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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