People just want decision on Kenosha casino

People just want decision on Kenosha casino


CAN TRACK TEMPERATURES AND KEEP
AN EYE ON RADAR.
THE AD WARS ARE HEATING UP
OVER THE PROPOSED KENOSHA
CASINO, BUT GOVERNOR SCOTT
WALKER TELLS 12 NEWS THE ADS ARE
ALL A WASTE OF MONEY.
AS 12 NEWS KENT WAINSCOTT
REPORTS, MANY OF YOU WHO LIVE IN
KENOSHA SAY YOU’RE TIRED OF
WAITING FOR A DECISION ON THE
CASINO.
BOTH SIDES ARE GOING ALL IN.
THOSE PUSHING FOR A MENOMINEE
HARD ROCK CASINO —
THE KENOSHA CASINO WILL BE A
WIN-WIN-WIN FOR ALL OF
WISCONSIN.
— AND THOSE FIGHTING IT.
WHO WOULD TAKE $200 MILLION
OUT OF WISCONSIN IN THE FIRST
FIVE YEARS ALONE.
BUT IN PLACES LIKE KENOSHA’S
COFFEE POT DINER, MANY THINK THE
CASINO DEBATE IS LOSING STEAM.
I THINK BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN
IN THE NEWS FOR SO LONG, IT’S
LOST IT’S IMPACT.
WE’RE JUST GETTING TIRED OF
SAYING IT’S GOING TO BE NEXT
MONTH AND THEN, NO, IT ISN’T.
PEOPLE ARE GETTING TIRED OF
IT. THEY’D LIKE TO SEE SOMETHING
GET DONE.
IT’S ALL UP TO GOVERNOR SCOTT
WALKER, WHO FACES A FEBRUARY
DEADLINE TO APPROVE OR REJECT
THE CASINO ON THE FORMER
DAIRYLAND GREYHOUND PARK SITE –
AND HE TOLD ME DURING OUR RECENT
INTERVIEW THAT THE ONSLAUGHT OF
ADS DESIGNED TO SWAY PUBLIC
OPINION WON’T MAKE ANY
DIFFERENCE.
WELL, FIRST OFF I SHOULD SAY
THAT ANY OF THE GROUPS, ANY
TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS THAT ARE
RUNNING ADS ARE JUST WASTING
THEIR MONEY, BECAUSE THIS IS NOT
A POLITICAL DECISION.
HE SAYS THE STATE IS TRYING
TO NEGOTIATE AROUND GAMING
COMPACTS THAT COULD ALLOW THE
POTOWATOMI TO STOP $100 MILLION
IN STATE PAYMENTS IF THE
MENOMINEE CASINO IS APPROVED.
WE’RE TRYING TO MAKE SURE
THAT WE CAN GET TO THE POINT
WHERE WE DON’T JEOPARDIZE THAT
AMOUNT OF THE BUDGET, I MEAN,
$100 MILLION DOLLARS IS A LOT OF
MONEY.
IN THE MEANTIME, MANY IN
KENOSHA ARE JUST ANXIOUS FOR AN
ANSWER.
I’M HOPING THERE’S A DECISION
SOON, BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN WAITING
WAY TOO LONG.
SO WHILE THE TWO SIDES TRY TO
UP THE ANTE IN PUBLIC WITH THEIR
MEDIA BLITZ, THE HIGH STAKES
GAME PLAYING OUT BEHIND THE
SCENES IS LIKELY TO DETERMINE
THE FUTURE OF THIS SITE.
IN KENOSHA COUNTY, I’M KENT
WAINSCOTT, WISN 12 NEWS.
THE GOVERNOR ALSO TOLD KENT
THAT A NUMBER OF OTHER FACTORS
COULD STILL IMPACT HIS DECISION
BEFORE THAT FEBRUARY DEADLINE.
A LOT OF THINGS CAN CHANGE,
NOT ONLY WITH THE TRIBAL
GOVERNMENTS, BUT WITH THE BUREAU
OF INDIAN AFFAIRS.
WE’RE GOING TO BE WORKING AS
HARD AS WE CAN TO GET A WINNING
SOLUTION HERE.
AS FOR THE AD BLITZ, A
MENOMINEE SPOKESMAN SAYS THEIR
MESSAGES TAKE THE HIGH ROAD,
EMPHASIZE $1.6 BILLION IN
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND MORE
THAN 10,000 JOBS.
ANOTHER GROUP IS RUNNING ADS
OPPOSING IT, CALLING THE KENOSHA
CASINO A PUBLIC POLICY DECISION,
WITH POTENTIAL NEGATIVE IMPACTS
EXCEEDING $200 MILLION ON OUR

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