MADISON, Wis. -

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.

"I'm encouraged by Secretary Huebsch's letter that he's reached an agreement apparently with Ho Chunk," Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, said. "We, just on a bipartisan basis, would like to see this move forward. We believe there needs to be urgency. Obviously jobs are still a huge issue in this state."