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.
“I was hopeful we’d find a way to get a win-win and the tribes could agree to find a way to mitigate whatever damage would be done to the Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk, because to a lot of people it doesn’t make sense to add jobs and have them subtracted somewhere else,” Walker said.
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.
“Legally I have a year to a year and a half, if I wanted to push it that long, but I don’t think it makes any sense. If it’s going to happen, it should happen. If it’s not, we should move on,” Walker said.
The Ho-Chunk Nation presented a report to Walker saying the new casino would cost it almost $20 million, but didn’t quantify job losses.