Governor nears decision on Menominee Casino

Governor nears decision on Menominee Casino

The Menominee tribe and Hard Rock International met with the governor Wednesday.
MADISON, Wis. (WFRV) - Governor Walker is one step closer to making a decision over a proposed casino.

The Menominee tribe and Hard Rock International met with the governor Wednesday.

The tribe needs to meet 3 criteria, no new net gaming, community support and consensus among all 11 Wisconsin tribes.

So far the Menominee have met two requirements, but both the Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk tribes have yet to support the building of a new casino in Kenosha.

"I got a letter back yesterday or email from the Forest County Potawatomi saying they're not interested in talking.  And I have not heard back from Ho-Chunk," Menominee Tribal Chairman Craig Corn says. "But we keep trying, we keep trying."

Corn says the governor seemed to be receptive to the proposal.

The Menominee offered to pay significantly more than its standard 7.5 percent from casino profits to the state to off-set any profit losses the other tribes would suffer.

Governor Walker is expected to make a decision on the $800 million project by the end of the week.

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