The Racine County executive is publicly endorsing a new tribal casino proposed for Kenosha.
County Executive Jim Ladwig joined members of the Menominee tribe at a news conference Thursday to announce his support.
Ladwig urged state lawmakers to endorse the $800 million casino project and the 500 county jobs promised along with it.
The Journal Times reports Ladwig said he has received assurances from the Menominee tribe that 15 percent of casino workers will come from Racine County.
Gov. Scott Walker needs to sign off on a proposal by Menominee Nation leaders for an off-reservation casino in Kenosha.
The Forest County Potawatomi tribe strongly opposes the project. That tribe runs a casino in Milwaukee about 40 miles north of Kenosha and doesn't want to compete with the Menominee.